11 february 2013

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Canada


Photo courtesy of the PMO
Prime Minister Stephen Harper celebrates the Chinese New Year on Saturday

We're now in the Year of the Snake. The festivities celebrating the lunar new year, or the spring festival as it is also known, got underway in many Chinese, Viet Namese and Korean households across Canada over the weekend.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Vancouver where Chinese-Canadians make up 30% of the population. On Saturday, he was the guest of honour at a gala celebration organized by the China Canada Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He shared the spotlight with Dashan, another special guest. Known in Canada as Mark Rowswell, the China-basedcomedian and entertainer is a mega-star, fluent in Mandarin and familiar to the Chinese from appearances on Chinesetelevision shows.

Next Saturday in Vancouver, the 40th annual Chinese New Year parade, will be the biggest yet in honour of the occasion. (ck)


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