Dragons on the Streets of Vancouver

Pictures from the Chinese New Year festivities in British Columbia

By / March 2015

Chinese New Year, commonly referred to as the Spring Festival in China, is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. The festivities last 15 days in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and in various Chinatowns around the world. Metro Vancouver, which is recognized as the most Asian city outside of Asia, has big celebrations throughout January and February. Danley Shackelford sends these photos:


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordOn New Year’s Eve, crowds gathered at the Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, British Columbia. Leading up to midnight, there were a variety of performances, including this cooking segment.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordThe events also featured traditional Chinese dances.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordThe lion dance made its first appearance of the holiday at the Aberdeen Centre.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordA shopper browses traditional Chinese souvenirs at the International Village Shopping Centre, in the heart of Chinatown, Vancouver.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordChefs serve traditional Chinese food at the Lunar Fest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, near Chinatown.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordA Chinese chef teaches children how to make dumplings at Lunar Fest.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordThe Jhuo Lan Dragon Dance Team, an award winning dragon dance team from Taiwan, performed for the first time in Canada at Lunar Fest.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordDancing lions hit the streets in the Heights, in Burnaby. They look for lettuce to be hung outside of businesses, which serves as an invitation. They then dance at the doors of, and sometimes inside, the businesses, scattering the lettuce to bring a fresh start and good luck for the new year.


Photograph by Danley ShackelfordChinese New Year in Vancouver reaches a climax with a large parade through Chinatown.


Chinese New Year 2015 010The color red is important during Chinese New Year. It corresponds with fire, which symbolizes good fortune and joy.


Photographer Danley Shackelford is a frequent contributor to EthnoTraveler.