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What You Need to Know about the Chinese New Year

Today is the last day in the year of the Horse, and the first day in the year of the SHEEP! One sixth of the world is celebrating Chinese New Year!!! Chinese new year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar. No matter how busy people are, they will try to get a ticket to go home and spend the festival with their families. This phenomenon is also marked as the world’s largest annual migration ‘Chunyun’.  Chinese New Year is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, and it falls on the second new moon after winter solstice – somewhere between 21 January and 19 February, meaning it changes from year to year.

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How to Greeting each other in Chinese New Year.

It is a tradition for people to greeting each other with good wishes when they see each other in the new year. Usually, people say ‘xinniankuaile’ which means Happy Chinese New Year or ‘gongxifacai’ which means may you be happy and prosperous in the new year.

Red Envelop

Red envelopes/packets are money wrapped in red paper given to kids from their parents, grandparents and others as New Year gifts. They are called hongbao in  Mandarin. Sending red packets is a well-observed custom at Chinese New Year. However, not every one give red envelop to others. Usually, only those who are not married people receive red envelops from married people. Chinese New Year is also children’s favorite festival because they receive most red envelops. Most of people give or receive hongbao after they greeting each other.

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What people do?

Dinners, New Clothes, parades, dragon dances, reunions and gift exchanges are all part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

The New Year’s Eve dinner is the most important dinner for the Chinese. Normally, this is the family reunion dinner, especially for those with family members away from home. During the dinner, normally fish will be served. Dumplings are the most important dish in Northern China. These two dishes signify prosperity. Other dishes are dependent on personal preference. The majority of Chinese will have New Year’s Eve dinner at home instead of a restaurant.

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New Clothes

Red clothing and elements are essential for Chinese New Year, as the mythical monster at the centre of the New Year, Nian, was supposedly scared of the colour red and fireworks, which have also become a key part of New Year celebrations.

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Dragon Dance

The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The final day, Day 15, sees the Lantern Festival.

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Fireworks

Setting off fireworks to celebrate Chinese New Year may be a centuries-old tradition, but most of Chinese still use fireworks to celebrate the new year. The new year is the time when parents buy fireworks to their children. Chinese children love setting fireworks with their friends. It is lots fun to set up different fireworks every year.

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Hanyin Group wishes you all a wonderful year!!!

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Four events you must check out when you are staying in Vancouver for Christmas

What is your favorite holiday?  It is only three weeks away from Christmas and we are getting excited. Vancouver, the third largest city in Canada is no different for holidays. Last week, Metro Vancouver already received its first snow of the season, and now we are expecting for a white Christmas. To make your holiday more special, i have found some famous events in Vancouver and wish these events can make your Christmas more special.

Bright Nights Stanley Park Christmas Train (Nov. 27th- Jan.4th, Closed on December 25)

One of the top attractions in the city, this festive miniature holiday train and the Plaza at Stanley Park will be shining with 3 million lights.There are two types of train. One is Matinee train where the ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays. The other one is night train, the classic night train includes a 14 minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer. You can choose your preferred time to see the different  scenes.

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Tickets range from $8 (for seniors 65+ and kids 3-17) to $11 for Adults (18-64). Kids 2 and under get in free! For tickets call 604-252-3700 or visit http://www.ticketleader.ca/events/bright-nights.

Festival of Lights at Vandusen Botanical Gardens (Dec.10th- Jan 4th)

This year, it is Vandusen Botanical Gardens’ 30th anniversary. Vandusen Botanical Garden has always been a popular attraction for its millions of lights and displays. Inside the garden, there are several themes areas (including Gingerbread Wood, Lantern Alley, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Mischief). There is also Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake with modern and classic sets from December 19-23.

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Vancouver Christmas Market (Nov. 22nd- Dec 24th)

Located at Queen Elizabeth theater plaza and open daily from 11am to 9pm. Christmas market has been an extremely popular spot  and should definitely be on your list. There are long list of food and beverages vendors, and you can eat until you can’t walk. Christmas market also has some hand-crafted gifts shops and you will find some special Christmas gifts for your friends and family. This event is worth while for you to go and to experience the Christmas atmosphere earlier. There will also be several rides and attractions for kids, such as a carousel, face painting and a Christmas Traditions Scavenger Hunt. Tickets range from $3 (ages 7-12), $7 (ages 13+) and $6 (seniors 60+). Kids 0-6 years of age get in free!

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Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Dec. 7th)

The 11th Rogers Santa Claus is happening this Saturday on Dec. 7th at 1 pm. The whole parade will probably last for two and half hour. There will be face painting, a gingerbread decoration station, a letters to Santa station and an entertainment stage with several music and dance performances.  After the parade, Santa will be taking pictures with the kiddies at the Robson Square ice rink, so head down for some free skating and a picture with the big guy between 3 and 5 p.m. This event only happens once a year which means if you miss out then you will have to wait until next year. Remember to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank if you are attending to event.

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Be sure to check out these events for holiday fun !