Home to a large and vibrant Chinese community, it’s no surprise that lovely Richmond, B.C., hosts one of North America’s most elaborate Chinese New Year celebrations. For the two weeks leading up to New Year’s Day (which falls on February 19 this year), the Golden Village in Richmond’s city centre features daily festivities that include live music, food, cultural performances and fireworks, capped off, of course, by a massive New Year’s Day party at the Aberdeen Centre.
Along with the fireworks and live performances, here are three more reasons to head to Richmond for Chinese New Year:
Held on Chinese New Year’s Eve, the reunion dinner is considered the most important meal of the year. In honour of this, many local restaurants in town are offering 10- to 12-course feasts on February 18. Traditionally, each course is chosen for its symbolism to bring wealth, longevity and prosperity. Try out local favourites like Jade Seafood Restaurant or Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant (reservations are a must).
Endless Selfie Opportunities
Asia’s hottest craze has officially landed in Richmond thanks to The Selfie Room, the city’s first-of-its-kind selfie photo studio. The Selfie Room comes complete with elaborate backgrounds, props, lighting and a professional camera for a full-on photo shoot, and, in honour of the New Year, the studio has festive backdrops and props.
The Flower & Gift Fair
This annual fair is extremely popular with both locals and visitors. From February 13 to 19 all three levels of the Aberdeen Centre are open and filled with vendors selling lucky charms, festival apparel, decorations and more.
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