Chinese New Year events in Richmond this weekend

Celebrations for Chinese New Year are well underway. If you missed our list of Chinese New Year’s events in Richmond, these are the events happening around the city this weekend:

Jan. 25

What: Chinese New Year Dragon and Lion Dance
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre outdoor courtyard, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

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In the morning, a golden dragon and eight lions will come alive after a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and a live firecracker display. Afterwards, the lions will travel indoors to retail stores on all three levels to perform the pick-the-green ceremonies.

What: Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase
When: 1:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre central atrium, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

A Chinese orchestra performance and colourful dance show will perform on stage at Aberdeen Centre. Performances are featured by the Vancouver Academy of Dance and the BC Chinese Music Association.

What: Family-friendly Chinese New Year opera concert
When: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre atrium room, 7700 Minoru Gate

Ten members of the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society will be performing a 90-minute concert in traditional Chinese attire. Short Cantonese opera arias and Chinese New Year folk songs will be performed to celebrate the Year of the Rat. With limited space, registration is required at .

Jan. 26

What: Year of the Rat celebration with CF Richmond Centre
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd.

CF Richmond Centre will be hosting a cultural celebration to bring family and friends together. There will be a traditional Lion Dance as well as a meet and greet with the God of Fortune who will be giving away lucky red pockets filled with chocolate coins.

What: Chinese New Year celebration at Lansdowne Centre
When: 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: Lansdowne Centre centre court, 5300 No. 3 Rd.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Richmond Chinese Community Society (RCCS), Lansdowne Centre and TD Bank. A full day of activities will start with an opening ceremony and Lion Dance followed by traditional and modern live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, giveaways and community booths.

What: Chinese New Year Cultural Show
When: 1 – 4:15 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre central atrium, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

Aberdeen will host a second day of colourful dances performed by Colors of Dance Academy and Cindy Yang Dance Academy in celebration of the new year.

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