CHINESE NEW YEAR What to Know and Where to Celebrate!


Did you know that Chinese new year is the biggest festival in China's culture? In fact, it is officially the biggest celebration in the world, roughly 1/5 of the world population celebrates it!

2017 is the year of the Rooster. Actually, it is the year of the Fire Rooster. It is said that those born in the Year of the Fire Rooster (1957, 2017) are strong willed and proactive. They have excellent leadership qualities and are great organizers. Roosters have a flamboyant and colourful personality and are thorough in all they do. 

The 44th annual Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver's Chinatown is an all ages event that features lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more!

Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year Exhibition

This event focuses on the four major themes of Chinese New Year: decorating, eating, connecting and celebrating and is located at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. 

For a limited time, FlyOver Canada guests can experience a Chinese New Year specific virtual flight that incorporates state of the art special effects including wind, scents, and mist in addition to the movement of your seat to make you feel like you are truly flying. 


The 8th Chinese New Year Gala is on February 5, 2017 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.

Chinese New Year of the Rooster at International Village Mall

Prepare for four days of Chinese New Year events at International Village Mall including a traditional Chinese ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and a lion dance.

Chinese New Year Eve at the International Buddhist Temple 

One of the largest Buddhist temples located in North America, the International Buddhist Temple is one of the most popular spots to spend Chinese New Years eve. Expect large crowds and long waits if you’re planning on making the trip! 

Bring out the whole family to ring in the new year with drumming, lion dancing, craft making, performances of Chinese instruments and traditional songs, and an interactive demonstration of the ancient Chan (Zen) tea ceremony. 

Year of the Rooster Temple Fair 

Enjoy arts and crafts, demonstrations of Tai Chi, traditional music, and a lively lion dance at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.