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Aberdeen Centre prepares for second virtual Chinese New Year event

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:36 PST, Tue January 25, 2022

Like last year, the pandemic is forcing Aberdeen Centre to cancel its large in-person Chinese New Year celebration.

But a virtual event, offered online and on Fairchild TV, will allow people to share in the festivity from afar. The event will take place on Chinese New Year’s Eve, Jan. 31.

“There will be a performance show starting around 9:30 p.m. and ending around 11 p.m.,” says Tiffany Ho, senior vice-president and senior general manager of Fairchild Developments, which operates the mall. “It won’t be a countdown, but a celebration performance show happening in our central atrium at Aberdeen Centre.”

Ho says the event will include local artists, a Chinese beauty pageant champion, dancing and a fortune teller. On Feb. 1 the channel will also stream a live show from Hong Kong that includes various elements including a cooking tutorial.

While a typical year would see families gathering for a big feast the night before Chinese New Year, that may not be possible this year. Ho hopes people will consider turning on their TV to enjoy the festivities from home. The channel, which is normally only available to subscribers, will be temporarily free to all.

The dragon and lion dance, as well as other elements of the usual celebration at Aberdeen Centre, will not take place this year. But decorating has already begun.

“Even though there’s not as much celebration as before, our central atrium has a huge stage where our water fountain (normally) is,” says Ho. “Now it’s been covered so it’s a full stage, and we have (many) decorations: two tigers and three big figurines of fortune, good health and longevity.”

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