Lantern pageant lights up Lunar New 12 months regardless of change

A pink lantern is lit on the second flooring of Dragon Metropolis Mall in Chinatown on January 28, 2021. The decorations have been made to have fun the Chinese language New 12 months.
Photograph by: Sana Choudhary

This yr the Lunar New 12 months celebrations appeared completely different for a lot of households. However regardless of the pandemic, the Calgary Chinese language Cultural Heart continued with its annual Lantern Exhibition final month.

Tony Wong, president of the Calgary Chinese language Cultural Heart, mentioned the Lantern Exhibition is an annual custom that started in 1993. This yr, they had been planning an enormous occasion, however in January the Omicron wave pressured them to maneuver to a barely completely different out of doors pageant. ,

a worldwide celebration

Chinese language households in Calgary and world wide reunite for the Lunar New 12 months.

That is probably the most vital occasion that even in China, 200 to 300 million individuals will journey again to their hometowns.

New 12 months’s Eve dinner is a very powerful a part of the celebration, and if there’s one dish that simply cannot be lacking from the desk, it is fish.

“We will need to have fish as a result of the phrase fish sounds precisely like surplus,” Wong mentioned. “So when you’ve got fish, you’ve got a surplus in your loved ones from yr to yr.”

COVID change not new

That is the third consecutive yr that the festivities have been curtailed on account of COVID. Final yr, Calgary’s Chinese language Cultural Heart joined arms with Chinese language cultural facilities throughout Canada from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax in a web-based occasion final yr.

Earlier than the pandemic, the cultural heart hosted a Chinese language New 12 months market.

“We’ll organize dozens of stay performances on the cultural heart resembling martial arts, lion dance, dances and musical performances resembling dragon dance from varied teams,” Wong mentioned.

Mild fruit and animal lanterns displayed in entrance of the Chinese language Cultural Heart on January 28, 2022. Photograph by: Sana Choudhary

yr of the tiger

Based on the 12-year cycle of animals within the zodiac calendar, 2022 is the yr of the water tiger.

“The Tiger is taken into account the king of the jungle and is energetic, and it is stuffed with energy. So individuals born within the yr of the Tiger are thought-about energetic individuals. They’re very constructive,” Wong mentioned.

Within the Chinese language zodiac, the water aspect is an emblem of intense feelings and creativity. Water Tiger’s final yr was 1962.

Whether or not you consider in superstition or not, the Lunar New 12 months is an emblem of recent beginnings.

“I wish to take this chance to want everybody a really Glad New 12 months,” Wong mentioned. “All prosperity and good luck.”

The Lunar New 12 months occurred on 1 February. The Lantern Exhibition lasted from 28-30 January and 5-6 February. You possibly can see extra photographs of the occasion right here.

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