Vancouver is a multicultural city and I love the fact there always seems to be some cause to celebration. Congratulations and Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) or Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese) 恭禧發財 to ring in the year of the snake! Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation. New Year celebrations are not one day events. They run from the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month of the lunisolar calendar.
Fifty thousand strong showed up for the Chinese New Year’s parade complete with Dragons, Firecrackers and some great costumes. Enjoy these additional photos, courtesy of The Province newspaper.