12 Chinese New Year events to check out in Richmond

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Chinese New Year is coming up on Feb. 5, but festive events will be kicking off soon all around the Lower Mainland to welcome the Year of the Pig.

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Here are some of the Lunar New Year celebrations to check out in Richmond:

Flower Market

A visit to the Yaohan Centre Flower Market during this time of the year is a great way to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year. The market is the perfect place to soak up in the joy of the festivities and pick up a few items to decorate the house.

When: Jan. 21-Feb. 4, 2019 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Bodhi Meditation Chinese New Year Market Place

Celebrate the year of the Golden Pig with two fun-filled days at Bodhi Meditation’s Chinese New Year Market Place including a time-travelling photography studio, traditional tea house, children’s courtyard, dharma gift shop, oracle readings, multicultural performances and international veggie food hutongs that will leave your taste buds satisfied and your bellies full! Admission is free.

When:  Jan. 26-27, 2019 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bodhi Meditation Vancouver –  7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond

Aberdeen Centre Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into our Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2019 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Surprise visit by the Chinese God of Fortune at Aberdeen Centre

The Chinese God of Fortune will be on hand to send his blessings of luck to visitors. Free photo opportunity for all.

When: Feb. 4, 2019 from10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

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Live Countdown Shows to Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019 at Aberdeen Centre

There will be two live variety stage shows presented by Fairchild Radio and Television featuring cultural performances by winners of the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant, music, dance, fortune telling, giveaways and more. There will also be a live broadcasted countdown to the Chinese New Year of the Pig.

When: Feb. 4, 2019 from 8:30 pm-midnight
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Bodhi Meditation New Year’s Eve Blessing Ceremony

On New Year’s Eve, ring in the New Year and offer the first candle and incense to Buddha and pray for good luck and fortune in the year to come. Pray for family, friends and loved ones wishing them health, happiness and auspiciousness in the year of the Golden Pig. Have any questions going into the New Year? The oracle reading station is here to answer any of your concerns and questions and offer wisdom to help guide you through the year.

When: Feb. 4 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Bodhi Meditation Vancouver –  7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond

Aberdeen Centre’s Golden Dragon & Lion Dance

Watch the golden dragon and eight lions come alive after a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and a live firecracker display! After the outdoor spectacle, the lions will travel to all three levels of the mall visiting stores to perform the pick-the-green ceremonies.

When: Feb. 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. (outdoor courtyard) and noon (mall)
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Yaohan Centre Chinese New Year Celebration

Come and enjoy Yaohan Centre’s Chinese New Year Celebration including dragon and lion dances, firecracker, green picking at plateau sphere jong and visits from the God of Fortune!

When: Feb. 5, 2019 from noon-1 p.m.
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Chinese New Year at Lansdowne Centre

Starting with an opening ceremony, including a Lion Dance, the festivities will include a great line up of live entertainment, family activities and community booths.

When: Feb. 9, 2019 from 12:30-5 p.m.
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No 3 Rd, Richmond

Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase at Aberdeen Centre

Colourful dance shows and Chinese Orchestra performance featuring hundreds of spectacular talents from the Vancouver Academy of Dance, Colors of Dance Academy, B.C. Chinese Music Association, and more.

When: Feb. 9, 2019 from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Yaohan Centre’s Chinese New Year Stage Show

Gather your family and friends and come up to the second floor of Yaohan Centre to enjoy a variety of entertainment at the Chinese New Year Stage Show.

When: Feb. 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No. 3 Rd., Richmond

Bodhi Meditation New Year Charity Gala

The New Year Charity Gala is the culmination of the 2019 Bodhi Meditation Chinese New Year Celebrations. Come and enjoy a variety of amazing performances ranging from traditional Chinese dances, choirs, stage play, Korean drums, to a live band, magic show, hip-hop performance… and more! Join us for an evening of fun, laughter and amazement! Tickets: $38, VIP $68 Tickets are limited. For reservations please call: 604-537-2268

When: Feb. 10, 2019 from 2-6 p.m.
Where: Bodhi Meditation Vancouver –  7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond