Celebrating Chinese New Year (at Amica)


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Chinese New Year is a two-week-long festival that begins in 2018 on Feb. 16. Find out how it is calculated according to the lunar calendar and follow the day-by-day events that are part of the annual traditions. Discover how it was observed in 19th century Victoria and how it has evolved during the 20th century and beyond. Learn the difference between the lion dance and the dragon dance and why they are both important in celebrating the new year. Hear some of the stories and legends associated with the festival, including the famous story of the Nian, which explains why the colour red is so prevalent at Chinese New Year. Food, of course, is a major part of the celebration and the origins and symbolism of some of the most popular dishes will be discussed. The session is conducted by local historian John Adams, who is completing a history entitled Chinese Victoria, and who is well known for his Saturday-morning Chinatown walks.

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