Chinese New Year 2020 - Year of the Rat

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

By Julien Latraverse Video by Agnieszka Pajor

Chinese New Year gathered around 250 people this Sunday at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Dangling Chinese lanterns from the ceiling and women wearing a cheongsam, also called a qipao, a traditional Chinese long dress made of silk - could be seen everywhere in the long house of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for the eight edition of the event.

Many performances, such as the lion’s dance or a fashion show, were shown during the ceremony to commemorate Chinese culture in the north of 60th.

With the festivities, Yukon’s Chinese community marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat. In Chinese zodiac, people born in 2020, will have the rat’s attributes and personality. These persons are considered cunning, clever and predisposed to be successful in life. It also means that each one born under the sign of the Rat will have their ‘’lucky year’’, like the young Fiona Wen Wen.

The Chinese New Year is also a time to wish each other prosperity, healthiness or joy. This is why the elders of the community can be seen giving to the youngsters red envelopes filled with ‘’lucky money’’. By doing so, they are hoping to pass good fortune and blessing to the younger generation, much to their pleasures.

Unlike her young friends, food is the most important part of the celebrations for Mischa Ng-Schmidt. ‘’I love dumplings’’, she said with excitement to her mom. For The president of the Chinese Canadian Association of the Yukon, Alfred Au, the traditional meals served especially for the occasion is where the ‘’magic happens’’.

Many key figures of Yukon’s political scene, like Whitehorse’s mayor, Dan Curtis, The Senator Pat Duncan, Minister Jennie Dendys or Minister Ranj Pillai, were also present at the event to bring their best wishes to the Chinese community.

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