Despite the usual festive frivolity going mostly virtual for Lunar New Year, the local community is still hoping for prosperity in the coming months. While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is complicating social gatherings, the message remains the same.
For the first time in 25 years, Richmond's Aberdeen Centre countdown will be online. Instead, a pre-recorded program will include lion dancers, fortune-tellers, and singers.
While the Year of the Ox will be celebrated mainly by the Chinese community, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. CEO Queenie Choo says it's also a chance to appreciate our diversity. According to Choo, COVID-19 has also exposed discrimination against the Chinese population and Lunar New Year marks an occasion for us to be more open-minded.