Chaharshanbe Suri at Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver (Image: mohammadali / CC, Flickr)
Written by Tamara Lee, originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2014
Nooruz is the Persian New Year. Sometimes it is spelled “Nowruz” and sometimes it is spelled “Norooz”. The word means “new day” in the Persian language. It is a time to celebrate the first day of spring and the first day of the Persian new year.
Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year parade in 2014 Photo by Ward Perrin/The Vancouver Sun
Adapted from article written by Nila Gopaul, originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, February 2015
Every year, during Lunar New Year,
many cities and towns in B.C.
are filled with red banners.
Sometimes there are lion dances,
parades and crowds.
Restaurants are filled with many people.
Around the world
Lunar New Year celebrations
last for 15 days.
Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean communities
celebrate this time.
Sometimes this holiday is called
the Spring Festival.
Why is red important?
Red is the colour of luck, joy and wealth.
Stories long ago say evil is frightened
by the colour red.
The colour is similar to fire.
Older adults give red envelopes
to younger, unmarried family members.
It is a blessing for good luck, health and wealth.
Usually the envelopes have money.
A parent might give each child $100.
An aunt may give a nephew $20.
A family friend may give $5.
Why is food important? New Year’s Eve dinner
is the most important meal
of this holiday.
Often, families get together.
Dishes like whole fish, dumplings, chicken
and vegetarian Buddha’s Feast
are favourite foods during this holiday.
Many people believe
these foods bring good luck.
Fish and dumplings
The Chinese word for “fish” is yue. Yue sounds like “wealth” in Chinese.
And dumplings look like old Chinese money.
December is a month of festivities. In this issue of the newspaper you will find our annual calendar on the middle pages with dates for holidays and events coming up in 2017. You’ll also find articles on driving in the winter and the outcome of the American election for president.