Dragons are compatible with people born in the Year of the Monkey, or Year of the Rat. Apparently Dragons make good priests, artists and politicians.
Click on the following link for a slide show of Chinese New Year Celebrations in different parts of the world. Chinese New Years In Pictures
Unfortunately, although millions of Asians from all over the world do return to their home country to celebrate with their families, millions of others can't do this because of work, school, and family obligations in the country they are living in.
This does not mean that Asians living in other parts of the world don't celebrate the New Year. Far from it. Canada has a significant Asian population, with major cities like Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto featuring bustling Chinatowns.
But it is not only Asians who celebrate. Canadians, Vancouverites in particular, are a very multicultural bunch of people. We like to participate in other cultures' festivities. We have even begun incorporating elements of China, Japan, Korea and many other countries into our own lives. We call it fusion - blending more than one culture to create an entirely new one.
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Chinese New Year, Vancouver, British Columbia:
The biggest event in Vancouver is the Chinese New Year parade, but there are many other events in all parts of the Lower Mainland.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a variety of Chinese New Year celebrations, including a parade on the day of Chinese new year.
Chinese New Year, Calgary, Alberta:
- The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre offers a 3-day celebration of Chinese New Year that culminates in a gala evening that includes the Dragon and Lions Dance.
Chinese New Year, Toronto, Ontario:
- The Shen Yun Performing Arts: 2012 World Tour has shows in Toronto in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
- Taste of the World Neighbourhood Bicycle Tours & Walks specializes in food and historical tours, especially in Chinatown and ethnic areas of Toronto. Guide Shirley Lum has special Chinese New Year events planned (these sell out quickly).
- Check the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto website for more Chinese New Year events in Toronto
Chinese New Year, Montreal, Quebec:
Meanwhile, here is an interesting story comparing Chinese New Year in Vancouver and China.
"After four years of living in Beijing, Herman Cheng has come to appreciate the way his family celebrated Chinese New Year's while he was growing up in Vancouver." read rest of story North and South Traditions Differ with Canadian Traditions Closer to the South
For more information on Lunar New Year click on the following links:
Chinese Fortune Calendar
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 15 days of Chinese New Year
Let me know how you are celebrating