By Vancouver Sun

Lunar New Year is upon us! The celebration marks the beginning of a new year according to the Chinese calendar. This year, the date falls on Feb. 5, 2019, heralding the Year of the Pig.

Here’s a quick roundup of some family friendly Lunar New Year events around Metro Vancouver.

The 46th Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade
Feb. 10, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Vancouver’s Chinatown
FREE ADMISSION
“This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed.” For more information or to see a map of the parade route, visit their website.

Chinese New Year of the Pig at International Village Mall
Feb. 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
International Village Mall (88 West Pender St., Vancouver)
FREE ADMISSION
Celebrate the Lunar New Year by exploring exhibition booths, enjoying live performances and lucky draws all day from Feb. 8 through 10. Take in culinary snacks and marvel at festive Lunar New Year arts and crafts in this free family event.

Year of the Pig Temple Fair
Feb. 10; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classic Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St., Vancouver)
Admission by donation (Suggested $5)
This family friendly event offers storytelling in Chinese and English, tea tastings and an exhibition by artist Paul Wong. The Azalea Chinese Ensemble from the VSO School of Music also perform at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. More information can be found on their site.

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