Lunar Festival 2019 – Welcome to the Year of the Pig

Lunar Festival 2019 (also known as Chinese New Year)

Each and every January or February, many Asians (specifically those of Chinese descent) will celebrate a new Lunar New Year.  This year make sure to mark Monday February 4th on your calendars.  We will welcome the Year of the Pig!

So, you’re probably wondering what does the pig symbolize?  A pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, meaning a hard-working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.  Were you born in the Year of the Pig?  Are you one of those types?

Vancouver will be celebrating the Lunar Festival in our local Chinatown as well as Richmond so should you need somewhere to stay during the festivities, book with us directly to get the best available rates for and during your stay.

In Vancouver, Chinatown will be having a parade and ongoing celebrations at the International Village Mall for those of you that aren’t wanting to head out to Richmond and you want to stay local.  International Village Mall’s celebration will bring traditional Chinese Spring festivities and rituals to the community of Vancouver, with exhibition and sales booths on both the Main and Upper Mall Levels. Come out for Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs, culinary delights, giftware, multicultural live performances on stage, a lucky draw and so much more! This three-day event includes an opening celebration with a ceremonial lion dance.

Our neighbouring city of Richmond will also be participating in all of the Lunar Festival events.  Yaohan Centre an Asian mall full of food vendors and lots of shopping – You might want to take part in some of the celebrations and festivities here as well as all that’s happening in Chinatown.  Yaohan Centre is along the Canada Line SkyTrain system so accessibility to these celebrations easy to get to.

Who knows, you might even get a lucky red envelope to go along with all of the celebrations!  Ever wonder what a “lucky red envelope” represents during the Lunar New Year?  Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck (as well as money).  Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers.  As the saying goes, “For it is better to give than it is to receive.”

Gong Xi Fa Cai (in Mandarin and pronounced “gong she fa tsai”) or Kung Hei Fat Choy (in Cantonese) and the direct translation means “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”

We also would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year – Welcome (again) to the Year of the Pig!