Celebrate Chinese New Year in Edmonton this year by indulging in delicious Chinese cuisine and participating in traditional activities such as lion and dragon dances.
Don’t miss out on the celebrations of the upcoming Lunar New Year – head over to West Edmonton Mall this weekend and join in their biggest event yet!
Running short on time? Visit Rice Bowl Deluxe with over 40+ traditional rice bowls, noodle bowls, soups and appetizers.
Other ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year:
1. Cleaning the house:
It helps to sweep away bad luck and open ourselves up to good luck for the upcoming year.
2. Decorating with red:
Red decorations, such as lanterns, banners, and couplets, are used to symbolize good luck and prosperity.
3. Handing Out Red Envelops.
Giving red envelopes filled with money to children or other family members as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
4. Eating traditional Chinese food:
Dumplings, fish, rice cakes, dim sum, green onion cakes, sweet rice balls, whole fish, chicken or crab and spring rolls. These foods are believed to bring good luck and prosperity. Don’t forget dessert! Soy milk pudding, creamy egg tart custard and red bean cake to name a few. Bubble tea has also become a recent tradition, especially among the next gen.
5. Lion and dragon dances:
Lion and dragon dances are performed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
Scare away the evil spirits with bright lights and loud sound. Fireworks were invented in China in 200 BC, over 2200 years ago. These firecrackers were originally made with bamboo! Keep this ancient tradition alive and make sure to follow local regulations and rules.
7. Family Reunions:
The lunar New Year marks a time for families to come together and is an important part of the Chinese-Canadian heritage.
8. Gong xi fa cai (恭喜发财):
Greet your friends, coworkers and neighbours with the traditional Chinese New Year greeting wishing prosperity and wealth