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Celebrate Chinese New Year in Burnaby

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Red envelopes containing 'lucky money' are a big part of Chinese New Year celebrations.

It's almost the year of the horse, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Burnaby.

Brentwood Town Centre will be holding its Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. Activities for kids and adults include demonstrations by a Chinese dough maker and grasshopper maker, traditional lion dance performances and the blessing of the merchants.

On Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. the McGill branch of the Burnaby Public Library will have a special celebration of the lunar new year with performances by the Burnaby International Folk Damcers/

Later that evening there will be a Chinese New Year skate at the Kensington arena, 6:30-9:15 p.m., with face painting, crafts and special games.

On Feb. 1 there will be no fewer than three Chinese New Year celebrations across the city.

The fun gets started at Lougheed Town Centre at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of Korean drummers through the mall, followed by Korean performances at Centre Court. The popular lion dance will be held at 12 p.m.

The Crystal Mall will ring in the year of the horse with a lion dance, calligraphy demos and carnival games from 12-4 p.m.

And in Burnaby Heights, Hastings Street merchants will be visited by the colourful lion dancers from 12-2:30 p.m.

On Feb. 5, the lion will awaken at the Grand Court at Metropolis at Metrotown at 10 a.m. and parade through the mall to bless merchants.

People born in the year of the horse are thought to be clever, kind to others, perceptive and talented. But sometimes they talk too much. Celebrities born in the year of the horse include Rembrandt, Genghis Khan, Denzel Washington, Cindy Crawford and Jerry Seinfeld.


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