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Photos: Hundreds at Richmond Aberdeen Centre for Lunar New Year countdown

Richmond community counted down to the Year of the Rabbit this weekend.

Hundreds of people gathered at Richmond's Aberdeen Centre to countdown the final hours of the Year of the Tiger and welcome the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday night.

The annual Chinese New Year countdown, organized by Fairchild TV, returned after two years since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended all festivities.

Visitors attending the event arrived as early as 8:30 p.m. in search of a spot to watch stage shows and participate in gift draws until the official countdown.

Performances included traditional and hip-hop group dances, Guzheng and piano shows as well as the annual lion dance.

Chinese metaphysics master Anna Mak also revealed zodiac fortunes for the Year of the Rabbit and Chef Philip also made a festive Chinese New Year dish in a cooking demo on stage.

Many Fairchild TV staff, politicians and guests lined-up on stage for the countdown followed by the Chinese God of Fortune, featuring Richmond city councillor Bill McNulty, handing out lucky red pockets and giving blessings to those at Aberdeen Centre.