Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Year of the Monkey

Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year and Valentines Day in Vancouver’s Chinatown – 2016 Year of the Monkey 猴

The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 43rd time on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, and it’s also Valentines Day. Clever Monkey!

恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!)

情人节快乐 (And Happy Valentine’s Day)

One of my favourite neighbourhood Vancouver events, the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, is one of the largest annual parades in the city. The parade closes car traffic on E. Pender and Main Street and draws over 100,000 spectators.

The Year of the Monkey 猴 in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Monday, February 8th in 2016.   Some say the Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal.  It should be an interesting year.
I wish you a very happy new year! Enjoy.

Chinese New Year's Parade is a great photobomb opportunity : BC Premier Christy Clark
Chinese New Year’s Parade is a great photobomb opportunity : BC Premier Christy Clark

Chinese New Year Parade Schedule

The 2016 Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade starts at 11:00 am on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, and takes about two and a half hours to complete.  

Parade Route

The 1.3-km long route (Map) starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott.

Chinese New Year Spring Festival

Post-Parade Lion Dances

There are numerous lion dances throughout Chinatown after the parade. As a Chinese New Year tradition to promote good fortune for the year, lions visit the shops and businesses in Chinatown. The lions perform a celebrative dance at each participating shop to bring good luck and prosperity. Come see and hear the lion dances up close. This starts right after the parade from approximately 2 pm to 4 pm.

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival – Cultural Fair

While you’re in Chinatown, come by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden to see the Cultural Fair for more Chinese New Year festivities. By popular demand, the Cultural Fair will be held on both days over the weekend on February 13th and 14th. This celebrative fair will feature multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstration and more. To be held at the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street).

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden - Festival

Performance Schedule:

Saturday, February 13th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, February 14th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Admission

All events of the 2016 Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival are open to the public. The Chinese New Year Parade and the Cultural Fair have free admission.

Year of the Fire Monkey 猴 Chinese New Year

The Year of the Monkey 猴 in the Chinese Lunar calendar begins Monday, February 8th, 2016.

 

Read your 2016 Chinese Horoscope from Chinese Fortune Calendar

This could be the cutest Year of the Monkey story and photo from the Mainichi Japanese Newspaper:

Photo Journal: Making monkey - The Mainichi http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20151228/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
Photo Journal: Making monkey – The Mainichi http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20151228/p2a/00m/0na/003000c

From the Mainichi : “Fusako Nakahata, left, and her daughter Yukari attach strings to ceramic bells in the shape of monkeys — the Chinese zodiac animal for 2016 — at Hokkaido Shrine in Chuo Ward, Sapporo. No two bells make the same noise. The pair have made the bells for 45 years, and are creating over 5,000 for the coming year. The monkey bells will be sold at the shrine starting on New Year’s Day. (Mainichi)”.

Don’t the ceramic bells look like those lovely and clever Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaque 猿 )!

Japan Snow Monkeys

Some say the Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. Should be an interesting year.

Wishing you a very happy Year of The Monkey.  Enjoy!

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