Lunar New Year, also commonly called Chinese New Year, is a New Year’s celebration that is celebrated in China and throughout various Asian countries aligning with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. The celebration lasts for 15 days and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar.
Fireworks, dancing, food and family are key elements throughout the holidays, leading into the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of the New Year’s celebrations. This is when lanterns begin to light up family homes, and traditional foods are prepared and enjoyed and loved ones gather to celebrate a new year.
Vancouver, and more specifically Strathcona, is an area rich with Asian heritage and culture embedded into many parts of our neighborhood including our grocery stores, restaurants, and vendors.
For this year’s Lunar New Year, which begins on Tuesday, February 1, we wanted to highlight some of the incredible creators, restaurants, recipes, and Strathcona-made products and establishments that contribute to the spectacular diversity that makes Vancouver so unique.
Read on to discover more!