How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Calgary

Friday, February 16th marks Chinese New Year Day. Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival that celebrates the arrival of the new lunar year, and this year is the year of the dog.

People born in the Year of the Dog are said to be conservative and loyal. Even if you’ve never celebrated before, you can enjoy the holiday this year. Here’s how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Calgary:

  • Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Lunar New Year Festivalthis festival is running until February 18th, and is the city’s biggest celebration. Celebrations are taking place on the 17th and 18th, as well as exhibits on display throughout the Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 Street SW).
  • Chinatown District Lunar New Year Dinner: this cultural and business event includes a traditional Chinese dinner, performances and networking opportunities. Dress code is business wear or Chinese traditional attire, more information here.
  • Chinese New Year at The Core: taking place from February 16 to 18, head to The Core shopping centre for performances by Chinese lion dancers, live music, a tea pop-up and more.
  • A celebration of Chinese music: this Saturday, February 17, listen to the Calgary Chinese Orchestra play Chinese music old and new. This event is taking place at Arts Commons (205 8 Avenue SE) and will feature strings and bamboo instruments.

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for the Chinese. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the Christian New Year, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. A lunar month is around 2 days shorter than a solar month. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. [Chinese New Years]

Happy Chinese New Year!




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