Coquitlam kicks off Year of the Pig

The new Lunar year starts Feb. 5, 2019.

The Lunar New Year marks an important holiday for people of Asian heritage.

And, according to the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, 2019 is the Year of the Pig — a symbol of wealth in the Chinese culture because of its chubby face and body.

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In Coquitlam, there are a few events happening to celebrate the turn of the calendar:

• Feb. 2: The Tri-City News is a sponsor for the Year of the Boar activities at Henderson Place Mall (1163 Pinetree Way) from noon to 4 p.m., featuring stage performances, exhibits, a kids’ corner and hourly draws for shoppers. Entry to the kids’ corner is $5 per child and includes face panting, balloon twisting, a bouncy castle and wiggle cars; proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The event opens with a traditional lion eye-dotting ceremony and dance followed by an appearance by the God of Fortune and lettuce picking.

• Feb. 3: The Swedish furniture company, IKEA, will have a lion dance during a traditional eye-dotting ceremony with Chinese drums and gongs to ring in the new year, at 12:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Coquitlam store entrance, at 1000 Lougheed Hwy.

• Feb. 7: Tuck into a Chinese feast and enjoy the entertainment at the city of Coquitlam’s Glen Pine Pavilion, a seniors’ centre located south of city hall at 1200 Glen Pine Crt. The luncheon is on from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is $13.50 via (barcode 634406).


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