February 15, 2018
Chinese New Year is an event that is celebrated across the world! And February 16 marks the beginning of this fascinating celebration! This year is the Year of the Dog! Accordingly to Asian astrology, your year of birth and the animal this represents set many of your personality traits. People who are born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 are born in the Year of the Dog. Based on this Chinese Zodiac, these people are deemed loyal, honest, kind, cautious and prudent.
The celebration is also known as the Lunar New Year or as the “Spring Festival” in China, even though it falls in the middle of the winter! This is because the ancient solar calendar, which depicts 24 periods through the year, classifies the start of Spring as the period from February 4th to 18th. The main celebrations usually begin with a family gathering and meal on the eve of the Spring Festival. A typical meal includes Traditional foods include fish, which is served at the end of the New Year’s meal and symbolizes abundance, and a sticky fruitcake called Neen Gow or Nian Gow.
One of the most auspicious signs in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a traditional symbol of good luck and prosperity among the Chinese. During the New Year, the beast is sure to make an appearance doing its snake-like dance via team of street dancers -- who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned along its length. The longer the dragon, the more luck it will bring -- with some dragons stretching 100 feet or more in length.
Join us on February 24th to celebrate Chinese New Year at Marlborough Mall. We have the Kugekai Lion Dance group performing, a paper lantern arts station for the kids and the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association on site playing traditional games and showcasing a few tradition garments from 1-3PM. We hope to see you there!
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