Day 34 – Gung Hay Let’s Partay – Chinese New Year Parade Feb. 6th, 2011 Vancouver Chinatown
I got a text message today from my good friend Adriana L – her amazing daily design blog can be found here. She told me it was Chinese New Year today and I should write something incorporating that in my daily post. I then thought about what I know about Chinese New Year… besides the fact that I am the year of the monkey (which I learned off a Chinese menu placemat in a sketchy Ladner restaurant), nothing.
A quick trip to Wikipedia fixed that…
Chinese New Year - often called Chinese Lunar New Year although it actually is lunisolar - is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Despite its winter occurrence, in China it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié), owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zhēng Yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chú Xī (除夕) or "Eve of the Passing Year." To see more of the Wikipedia info please go here.
This year is the year of the Rabbit (reminds me of my Vancouver sexpo post-which to date is my most popular post, google loves it for some reason). Let’s welcome the rabbit in to our lives by attending the Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday February 6th (I guess they didn’t check the NFL schedule – GO PACKERS).
Attended by over 50,000 spectators, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, as well as multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and more. The Parade winds its way through the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, starting at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street; it then proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, west onto Keefer Street, and ends at Keefer and Columbia. Download a map of the 2011 Parade route here.
Get out there and welcome the Rabbit!
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