Family Day in British Columbia

PHOTO - RICK ERNST / THE PROVINCE A family enjoys food at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was a sunny day.

PHOTO – RICK ERNST / THE PROVINCE
A family enjoys food at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was a sunny day.

Adapted from The Province by Patty Bossort

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The first Family Day holiday in BC was in 2013.

Family Day in BC is on the second Monday of February.

Other provinces have their holiday on the third Monday of February.

Change the day?

A lot of people want BC to change the day.

They want BC Family Day to be on the third Monday of February.

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Building community in the Lunar New Year

Traditional decoration for Chinese New Year PHOTO – Wikimedia commons/Fanghong

Traditional decoration for Chinese New Year
PHOTO – Wikimedia commons/Fanghong

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun

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Lunar New Year begins on February 8 this year. It is the same day as the BC Family Day holiday.

The annual parade in Vancouver will be on February 14. It will start at 11:00 in China Town.

Lunar New Year is also called Chinese New Year and Spring festival.

Many Chinese are moving to Canada.

Chinese people have been moving to Canada since the late 1800’s. Between 1987 and 1997, the largest numbers came from Hong Kong and Taiwan. They speak Cantonese. Now most new Chinese immigrants are from Mainland China. They speak Mandarin.

Chinese immigrants come from different parts of China.

1991 – 1996

109,000 Chinese immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong

88,000 Chinese immigrated to Canada from Mainland China

2009 – 2014

3,959 immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong

180,309 immigrated to Canada from Mainland China

The dragon in the Seattle parade PHOTO – Wikimedia commons /Jmabel

The dragon in the Seattle parade
PHOTO – Wikimedia commons /Jmabel

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is a great time to celebrate Chinese culture. It’s also a good opportunity for non-Chinese people to learn more about China.

 

Vancouver Chinese New Year parade 2015 PHOTO – Wayne Leidenfrost/Vancouver Sun

Vancouver
Chinese New Year parade 2015
PHOTO – Wayne Leidenfrost/Vancouver Sun

The purpose of the celebration is to build a sense of family and community.

The first Lunar New Year parade in Vancouver was in 1974. It was a small event in China Town. Last year over 100,000 people came to the parade.

Chinese New Year parade in London, England PHOTO – Wikimedia commons

Chinese New Year street market in London, England
PHOTO – Wikimedia commons

Sue Wang is a university student at the University of Victoria. “I love Canada,” says Wang. “This land is vast, the air is clean, the pace of life is calm, and people are friendly.”

Wang is happy that Chinese New Year is the same day as BC Family Day. “It’s really about being with family to celebrate. Decorations, little red envelops with lucky money, and of course, piles of special dumplings. We talk, stuff ourselves with food, then stay up late to watch the CCTV broadcast of the Spring Festival Gala.”

Queenie Choo, CEO of SUCCESS, says that no matter what differences exist, Chinese-Canadians want to contribute to Canadian society.

“We settled here; this is our country. We are proud of it, and we want to contribute.”

Vocabulary

CEO – Chief Executive Officer

SUCCESS – a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants settle in Canada.

CCTV – Central China Television

 

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Chinese New Year in Vancouver 2016

Lesson plans and activities for Chinese New Year

More lesson plans and activities for Chinese New Year

Watch the Vancouver Chinese New Year parade 2015
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Wanted: More female bobsledders

Kaillie Humphries climbs into her bobsled. PHOTO: Ric Ernst/Vancouver Sun

Kaillie Humphries climbs into her bobsled.
PHOTO: Ric Ernst/Vancouver Sun

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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Canadian women win gold

Two women raced in the fastest bobsled. They won the gold cup in Whistler, BC.

Kaillie Humphries was the pilot of the sled. She comes from Calgary.

“It was a lot closer than I wanted it to be,” Humphries said.

Humphries raced against eight sleds to win the World Cup.

Humphries also won gold at the 2014 Olympics in Socchi. She has two world championship titles.

Humpries wins the race. PHOTO - Charlie Booker

Humpries wins the race.
PHOTO – Charlie Booker

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