Sunday, January 29, 2006

Happy Chinese New Year

As we were out taking a leasurely stroll last night, it was hard to deny many were celebrating The Lunar New Year 4704 here in our neighborhood of Vancouver. Every Chinese Restaurant was filled to capacity with everyone welcoming in the Year of the Dog.

Today is the first day of the New Year, with many celebrating with a fireworks display in Hong Kong.
Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year, during the second new moon after the winter solstice which can range from late January to mid-February.

As this Spring Festival get under way, there should be celebrations today in China Town of Vancouver. Celebrations are held on the first Sunday of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year. People celebrate the arrival of spring and the Year of the Dog with thousands at the biggest parade through Chinatown, lions, storytelling and crafts, lucky red packets and much more for the whole family during daylight hours.

With the celebrations of Chinese New Year, I'm sure Fasnacht is in full swing in Switzerland. Brunnen is always one of the first villages to celebrate, which began around January 18th of this year. Lucern is not far behind. Basel should be coming next as well as Biel. It's just that cold time of year! More to follow.

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