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新年快乐, Xīnnián kuàilè, Happy New Year!

Snap! Crackle Pop! That’s not just the sound of your typical morning cereal. It’s also the sound of firecrackers welcoming Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse. While you won’t hear firecrackers in YVR’s terminals, there are plenty of other fun activities awaiting travellers and neighbours at YVR for the Lunar New Year.

Join us on Friday, January 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Chinese New Year at YVR.  Celebrations will take place around The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe sculpture, and include live musical entertainment, Chinese ink brush calligraphy demonstrations, fortune-telling and a traditional lion dance. In fact, after more than a dozen years, the YVR lion dance is a tradition unto itself.

The ages-old lion dance is probably the most well-known Chinese New Year tradition amongst Westerners. The lion dance includes only two dancers per costume and is often confused with Chinese dragon dancing, which features a team of 10 or more dancers. The dance itself is a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to bring good luck and fortune to YVR.

The Lunar New Year is a busy and exciting time at the airport, as we see more travellers passing through the terminal to destinations in China. In fact, YVR is the gateway of choice to the Asia-Pacific region, with the highest frequency of flights to China – 75 every week – of any North American airport. YVR retailers will also get into the spirit with décor and special deals, including lunch specials for just $8.88. After all, eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture.

Visitors planning to drive to YVR’s Chinese New Year celebration can enjoy a great parking deal - $5 for five hours of parking (between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Be sure to pick up your vouchers at the Customer Care desk in the International terminal, Departures level. Alternately, the Canada Line is a great way to get to YVR in 26 minutes or less. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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