Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Kelowna

Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Kelowna

The ninth annual event will be held Feb. 9

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese tradition and today the year of the pig is being celebrated in Asia.

Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore.

Each of the 16 days features unique activities. Chinese New Year is a great time for family reunion and friends to visit each other in Kelowna, according to an Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association release.

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Moreover, there are many traditional Chinese decorations on the street such as lantern, window paper decoration, and flowers. Red is the traditional colour that symbolizes good luck, happiness and prosperity, said the release.

In some cities, dragon dancing is a significant performance in the Chinese New Year. The Chinese year is determined by the lunar calendar and named by twelve zodiac animal signs.

This year, the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association will hold its ninth Spring Lantern Festival in Kelowna. The event is open to the public.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb.9, at the Parkinson Recreation Centre from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit www.occabc.ca for ticket information. Tickets are $20 per person and $12 for children ages 5 to 11. Children under 5 will have free entry to the event.

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