Here's where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in Calgary

Jan 24 2019, 6:16 pm

It’s almost time to ring in the Year of the Pig!

Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and with it comes a multi-day celebration featuring delicious food, stunning lion dances, and picturesque lanterns.

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This year’s big celebration will be held at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre during the weekends of January 26 and 27 as well as February 2 and 3, and attendees will be able to enjoy exhibits, markets, and performances throughout all four days.

The official day of Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5 this year.

The Year of the Pig was last observed in 2007, and is also known as the Year of “Ji Hai.”

The event is open to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and is free to attend – though you may need to bring some change for nearby parking, as they’re paid lots.

According to a release from the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, this year’s festival will feature traditional Dragon and Lion Dances, music and dance programs, folk art exhibitions, martial arts demonstrations, an indoor bazaar, assorted games, and a wide assortment of food and drink choices.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the event.

This is definitely not something to miss – just be sure you don’t forget that camera!

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival 2019

When: January 26 to 27, February 2 to 3, 2019

Time: Noon to 6 pm for the first weekend, 11 am to 6 pm for the second

Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW, Calgary

Admission: Free

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