Metro Vancouver Lunar New Year celebrations a time for tradition, family

Celebrations for the Lunar New Year are underway around the world today as we say goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Sheep or Goat, depending on who you ask.

“It’s not just for the Chinese to celebrate,” says Joey Kwan of Aberdeen Centre. “It’s for everyone in the community.”

Many across the Lower Mainland will be getting together with family for a big dinner that may include fish, a traditional Lunar New Year dish.

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Along with fresh fish, a meal may include chicken with the head intact and a whole piece of crispy-skin roast pork from the barbecue meat shop. You only cut it at the table to symbolize prosperity and abundance.

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Just about everything symbolizes good luck and good fortune when it comes to Lunar New Year.  There are red-and-gold decorations, many with traditional sayings about good luck and good fortune.

-with files from Elaine Yong