Ringing in Chinese New Year with Spring Lantern Festival

The ninth annual Spring Lantern Festival held by the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association Feb. 9 at Parkinson Recreation Centre photo: Dustin Betuzzi
The ninth annual Spring Lantern Festival held by the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association Feb. 9 at Parkinson Recreation Centre photo: Dustin Betuzzi

The Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association rang in the Chinese New Year in style.

The ninth annual Spring Lantern Festival is usually held at the end of 16 days of celebration of the Chinese New Year, said Hua Meng, with the OCCA. The lantern festival is a day where people hang colourful lanterns, eat rice cake and enjoy a day with their families.

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Often celebrated with vibrant colours and loud sounds like bell ringing and firecrackers, traditional lion dances or parades are also popular in many communities.

The OCCA’s celebration was held Feb. 9 at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

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