Lantern competition lights up Lunar New Yr, regardless of adjustments

Purple lanterns lit up on the second flooring of Dragon Metropolis mall in Chinatown on Jan. 28, 2021. Decorations are set as much as have fun Chinese language New Yr. 
PHOTO BY: Sannah Chawdhry

Lunar New Yr celebrations appeared totally different for a lot of households this 12 months. However regardless of the pandemic, the Calgary Chinese language Cultural Centre continued final month with their annual Lantern Exhibit.

Tony Wong, president of the Calgary Chinese language Cultural Centre, stated the Lantern Exhibit is an annual custom that began in 1993.  This 12 months, they had been planning a bigger occasion, however the omicron wave in January pressured them to maneuver to a barely totally different outside competition.

A worldwide celebration

Chinese language households in Calgary and across the globe reunite for the Lunar New Yr.

It’s a very powerful occasion, that even like 200 to 300 million individuals in China will journey again to their hometown.”

The New Yr’s Eve dinner is a very powerful a part of the celebrations, and if there may be one dish that can’t be lacking from the desk, it’s fish. 

“We should have fish as a result of the phrase fish sounds precisely the identical as surplus,” Wong stated. “So when you may have fish, then you may have surplus 12 months after 12 months in your loved ones.”    

COVID adjustments not new

That is the third 12 months in a row that the festivities have been scaled-back resulting from COVID. Final 12 months, Calgary’s Chinese language Cultural Centre joined with Chinese language Cultural Centres throughout Canada from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax final 12 months in a web-based occasion. 

Earlier than the pandemic, the cultural centre hosted a Chinese language New Yr market.

“We additionally would prepare to have dozens of stay performances on the cultural centre comparable to martial arts, Lion Dance, dragon dance of varied teams performing dances and musical performances,” Wong stated.

Lit up fruit and animal lanterns displayed in entrance of the Chinese language Cultural Centre on Jan. 28, 2022. PHOTO BY: Sannah Chawdhry

Yr of the Tiger

In keeping with the 12-year cycle of animals within the zodiac calendar, 2022 is the 12 months of the water tiger. 

“The tiger is considered a king of the jungle and it’s energetic, and it is stuffed with energy. So the people who had been born within the Yr of the Tiger are believed to be energetic individuals. They’re very optimistic,” Wong stated. 

Within the Chinese language zodiac, the factor of water signifies profound feelings and creativity. The final 12 months of the water tiger was 1962.

Whether or not or not you imagine in superstitions or have fun, Lunar New Yr is an emblem of latest beginnings. 

“I wish to take this chance to want everybody a Comfortable New Yr,” stated Wong. “All of the prosperity and luck.” 

Lunar New Yr occurred on Feb. 1. The Lantern Exhibit ran from Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 5-6. You may see extra images of the occasion right here.

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