Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival – A Colourful Tradition


As a social distancing Photo Outing, we propose that photographers look to their neighbourhoods for inspiration throughout February. Photos for this Outing can include any aspect of Chinese culture here in Canada.

Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese Calendar. It is also called the Spring Festival and is a very colourful tradition. This year, many homes in the Sapperton neighbourhood are displaying the gold and red symbols of fortune, good health, happiness and longevity. It was largely due to the efforts of one young woman to educate her child in their family traditions, so she enlisted the help of her neighbours.

Restaurants and businesses also often hang symbols from Chinese culture at this time of the year.

Observances traditionally take place from New Year’s Eve, the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. New Year's Day will be on Friday, 12 February 2021. The Lantern Festival is on 27 February 2021.  It will be the Year of the Ox.

Good luck, fortune, health and longevity to you all.