Gung Hei Fat Choi is how you wish someone Happy New Year in Chinese!  Today, February 8th  is the first day of the Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival.  This is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese community, as it heralds the start of their Lunar New Year.  2016 is the Year of the Monkey

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Here  in Vancouver, B.C., there is a large Chinese community, so there are a lot of celebrations going on!  Some happened on the weekend, and more are scheduled for the upcoming weekend, since not everyone can attend on a Monday – even though today happens to be ‘Family Day’, a statutory holiday, here for everyone.

The celebrations are very well attended by everyone of all ethnic backgrounds; the dragon dance is something to see with it’s amazing costumes and energy, and of course there’s always fireworks – because they scare away the bad spirits!  The food is always amazing and abundant,  and everyone is always in a good mood, to bring in the best of luck for the upcoming year.

These are some pictures I found on the internet from previous years parades here in Vancouver:

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This one show how crowded the streets get – this is during the parade.  You can see a dragon heading down the street.

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Here are 2 dragons posing at the Chinese Millennial  Gate at the start of our Vancouver’s Chinatown area.  This is where one of the parades always starts.

As you can see by the 1st picture, it gets very, very crowded!!  I haven’t been to one of these parades in several years, as I just don’t tolerate huge crowds that well!  So I stay home, and watch the highlights on the tv 🙂

If you’d like to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I found this adorable punch art monkey on Pinterest HERE :

punch art monkey

Isn’t he cute?!  And, Ann kindly show us which punches to use to make him! 🙂

I  hope you’re enjoying your day today, whether you’re celebrating anything, or just getting through another Monday!  I’ve been busy creating and posting for the next 2 days, so I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and see what I have to share with you!

Until then – happy stamping!

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