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Dragon, lion dances for Lunar New Year at this Coquitlam school

See performances and sample multicultural fare at Coast Salish Elementary on Burke Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. There is also a Chinese New Year celebration at Evergreen Cultural Centre on Feb. 19.

Lunar New Year started last Saturday, Feb. 10, with celebrations around the Tri-Cities including at the Coquitlam Public Library and Henderson Centre mall.

But the Year of the Dragon festivities will also continue this month when a Burke Mountain elementary school and the Canada Asian Connection Association host a community party.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the public is invited to Coast Salish Elementary (3538 Sheffield Ave.) for a multicultural event that involves guqin demonstrations, Chinese chess, calligraphy and painting, as well as a Chinese spread offering traditional and modern treats.

Kids can also play traditional Asian instruments and learn calligraphy, painting and crafting.

Meanwhile, attendees to the Temple Fair can also watch:

  • dragon and lion dances
  • Asian costume shows
  • tea ceremonies
  • Chinese drum concert
  • Sichuan Opera face-changing show

The event from noon to 6 p.m. is being touted as "Burke Mountain’s biggest Chinese New Year party ever."

“The Lunar New Year, symbolizing good fortune, peace, reunion and happiness, holds great significance in many Asian countries,” said Charles Sun of the Canada Asian Connection Association, in a news release.

“Burke Mountain, with its stunning scenery and modern amenities, continues to thrive. Our Lunar New Year celebration promises to contribute to the area's vibrancy, reflecting the dynamic spirit of this flourishing community.”

A list of activities for the Lunar New Year 2024 celebration at Coquitlam's Coast Salish Elementary on Feb. 24. Submitted

Evergreen Concert

Meanwhilethe Tri-City Chinese Community Society and Jennifer's Music Studio offers a Chinese Lunar New Year concert on Monday, Feb. 19: Family Day.

The show is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam).