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2024 Lunar events for the family

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:50 PST, Fri February 2, 2024

Richmond Centre Mall celebrates the Year of the Dragon. Take selfies with their vibrant, tree-style decorations; they’ll be on display here until Feb. 19. But be sure to visit on Feb. 10 (from 2 p.m. onwards) for lion and dragon dances plus an appearance by the God of Fortune. There will also be additional Chinese New Year cultural performances and displays on Feb. 13 (7 to 8 p.m.), Feb. 14 (5 to 7 p.m.), Feb. 18 (1 to 3 p.m.) and Feb. 21 (5 to 6 p.m.).

Photo courtesy CF Richmond Centre

Aberdeen Centre’s popular Flower & Gift Fair runs daily from Feb. 2 to 11. There’s also a special God of Fortune Photo Booth to check out, so book a photo of you and your loved ones and you’ll be inviting blessings throughout the year. On Feb. 9, the mall will stay open past midnight for its televised New Year Countdown, complete with cultural performances, high-spirited crowds and an all-important visit from the God of Fortune himself. Return the next day for the 11 a.m. Golden Dragon and Lion Dance in the mall’s Outdoor Courtyard plus entertaining indoor performances throughout the afternoon. There will be additional performances on Feb. 11 (between 1 and 4:15 p.m.).

Photo courtesy Aberdeen Centre

Lansdowne Centre will be especially popular with fans of a particular construction toy this year. Head to the mall on Feb. 3 and 4 to watch Robin Sather, Western Canada’s only Certified LEGO Professional build a huge dragon model from scratch. The giant creation will be on display in the Centre Court area until Feb. 25. And, don’t forget to drop by on Feb. 10 (from noon to 4 p.m.) for celebratory dragon and lion dances, arts and crafts, an artisan market, interactive activities with Robin, family photo portraits and more.

Photo courtesy Lansdowne Centre

2024 Lunar New Year 49th Chinatown Parade
The Year of the Dragon begins on Feb. 10 in 2024. The parade normally takes place on the first Sunday after the start of the New Year. In 2024, that means the parade takes place on the Feb. 11. 

When and where
Vancouver’s Chinese New Year’s parade happens in Chinatown from 11 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. Get there early to find a good place to watch from, somewhere along Pender, Gore or Keefer near the entrance gate to Chinatown. Unless it’s raining and miserable, prepare yourself for the crowds.

New Year Parade Route
The parade goes down West Pender under the Chinatown Millennium Gate, up Gore Street, and then back up along Keefer Street. In total the route is about 1.3 kilometres long and usually lasts for up to two-and-a-half hours.

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