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Chinese New Year Celebrations in YEG

Chinese New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20, this year it will be on Monday February 8.  There will be celebrations across Edmonton during February to ring in the the Year of the Monkey, see below for a list of events and click on the links for further information.

Muttart Conservatory – Daily until February 28

Visit the Feature Pyramid to see plants that have a special significance to Asian communities and tell the story of the Monkey Legend.

Spectacular NYE Event, Bonnie Doon Centre – Saturday, February 6, 11am-4pm

Come to the mall for free crafts, games and a live performance of the Lion Dance, starting at 11am.  Events held throughout the mall and live performances at Promotion Court.

Chin Yin Buddhist Temple – Events throughout February

We visited this temple this time last year for a homeschool field trip and they were very friendly and welcoming. They encouraged us to check out their New Year celebration they had coming up. Visit their website to view their full calendar of events, including the Grand Offering to Buddha and the Lion Dance performance.

Chinese New Year Parade, Chinatown – February 14, noon

Come and experience the sights of Chinatown in Edmonton and watch a Lion Dance demonstration. 

Chinese New Year Marketplace, EXPO Centre – February 6, 1-6pm

This free event includes parking, family activities, workshops and a marketplace. If you’re looking for an adult night out, check out the Northlands calendar for information on other Chinese New Year events including the Mixer and Gala.

We plan to take in a Lion Dance performance, visit the Muttart and discuss the celebrations of Asian Cultures.  Whenever we drive downtown, the girls always request a drive through Chinatown to see the Gate of Happy Arrival. How are you celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey? 

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