Edmonton City Centre Celebrates Chinese New Year

Edmonton City Centre had a Lunar New Year event on January 29, 2020 as part of the ongoing Chinese New Year festivities around the world. Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration until the full moon of the first month of the Chinese Farmer’s Almanac.

Disclaimer: Yegventures was invited to this non-sponsored event. Parking was provided by Edmonton City Centre for this coverage. Edmonton City Centre has sponsored Yegventures for past events.

The event was held in the lower level of Edmonton City Centre East with displays and tables set up by BLIA Edmonton. Tables displayed trinkets, snacks, fortunes, and information about Chinese New Year. Items were available for a donation. Activities included a spin wheel, photo opportunities with baby monks, lantern making, and pressed-ink calligraphy.

Here’s a short Yegventures clip of the Lunar New Year event at Edmonton City Centre this year.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we were not able to attend the lion dance and martial arts performance this year. However, here’s a clip posted by Edmonton City Centre.

BLIA, or Buddha’s Light International Association, is a non-profit Buddhist monastic and lay organization founded in 1992. The Edmonton chapter was established in 1994. BLIA international was granted NGO status by the Economic and Social Council of the United nations in 2003. Their main goal is education and cultural activities.