Mayor Gregor Robertson today proclaimed February 14, 2010 as Lunar New Year: Year of the Tiger in Vancouver, to coincide with the 37th Annual Chinese New Year Parade in the city’s historic Chinatown.
Mayor Robertson made the proclamation at the City of Vancouver’s LiveCity Downtown site, joined by dignitaries from China and guests from Vancouver’s Asian-Canadian communities.
“The City of Vancouver is home to a multitude of cultures, languages and traditions from around the world,” said Mayor Robertson. “Lunar New Year encompasses Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian New Year’s celebrations, and is one of the most important Asian holidays. With that in mind, it’s fitting that our city is able to share this celebration with visitors from around the world who are here for the 2010 Winter Games.”
Lunar New Year is one of the most important cultural events in Vancouver, attracting thousands of people every year to activities and celebrations taking place throughout the city. The City believes that community-based festivals enhance the sense of community and connection among Vancouver residents of diverse cultural backgrounds.
“Vancouver is home to a large Asian community that has made significant contributions to our city’s social and economic vitality,” the Mayor added. “The cultural diversity in Vancouver is a vital source of our city’s unique strength and prosperity, and makes us one of the most livable cities in the world. We’re very proud to be part of this year’s celebration.”
The Lunar New Year celebrates the first day of the year in the lunar calendar. The Tiger refers to one of the 12 positions in the Chinese zodiac, which run through a 12-year cycle. The last Year of the Tiger was in 1998.