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Lunar New Year events happening in Richmond

By Samuel Cheng

Published 11:57 PST, Wed January 18, 2023

With Lunar New Year just around the corner, there are events happening all over Richmond to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

The date of Lunar New Year is determined by a lunisolar calendar, and it is celebrated annually in countries including China, Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. This year, Lunar New Year begins on Jan. 22, with celebrations starting the previous night (Jan. 21).

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is hosting a banquet dinner tonight (Jan. 17) at the Continental Seafood Restaurant, with ticket prices starting at $140 plus tax. The reception opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The dinner also features live lion dance performances, prospects for the Year of the Rabbit told by a Taoist Feng Shui master, prizes, raffle draws, and more.

The Richmond Public Library is holding its annual Chinese Couplets Contest to bid farewell to the tiger and welcome the rabbit. People can write a second line to follow this first line: 촐빪歸,櫓嗜勢時發;” (“The fierce tiger returns to the mountain to prepare for his next term;”).

Both lines must have the same number of characters, each character must be from the same word class, the tone pattern of both lines must mirror each other, and the meaning of both lines must be complementary. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 20, and people can enter online or learn more at yourlibrary.ca/couplets-contest/

Aberdeen Centre is hosting a series of activities and events. A flower and gift fair is on through Jan. 22 during mall hours, and the annual countdown returns on Jan. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:05 a.m., with support from Fairchild Radio and Fairchild Television. There will be a lion dance on Jan. 22, and live performances on Jan. 22 and 28.

Lansdowne Centre is hosting a Lunar New Year festival on Jan. 28 from noon to 4:30 p.m. At CF Richmond Centre, a lion dance will entertain guests on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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