Archive for January, 2014

Chinese New Year 2014

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The coming Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014. Year of the Horse.

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for Chinese. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the Christian New Year which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. A lunar month is around 2 days shorter than a solar month. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

Normally, the celebration will start from the New Year’s Eve and will last for around 15 days until the mid of the first month. Before the celebration, people will normally do a complete cleaning of the house and put on the traditional New Year decoration. Family reunion is the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration. The New Year’s Eve is the time for family reunion. Following by the reunion, people will normally visit relatives and friends, doing shopping, watch some traditional Chinese shows, launch some fireworks, and plan for the coming year. The celebration will sometimes be highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of heaven, earth, and other gods, as well as the family ancestors. In modern China, working professionals will normally have 7 days of holiday including weekend to celebrate. After the family reunion, some modern Chinese may take the chance to visit some tourist destinations.

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Heritage Afloat: Heritage Week

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Heritage Week:  February 17-23, 2014

Water is not just for drinking. For thousands of years, the simple fact that water is buoyant has allowed us, and our cargo, to get from one place to another. Before there was the wheel, there was the boat.

Because water floats our boats, we live close to water whenever we can. British Columbia is blessed with an abundance of water, and most of our towns and cities have been built next to lakes and rivers, at the ocean’s edge, or where rivers enter the sea. When we built roads and railways on land, they linked bodies of water to create a complete transportation network. Even today our economic future depends on the continuing availability of efficient and effective shipping to reach the world’s markets.  Heritage Week is a project of Heritage BC.  For a list of events in BC, please check

Walk on the floats with a guide to view the boats of Britannia up close.  Free activities and hourly tours for the whole family.
Britannia Shipyards
Sa/Su             Feb 22/23    12:00-5:00 pm

Enjoy guided tours of an exhibit “Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the West Coast” and a special kids craft between 11am-3pm.  For details, visit or phone 604-664-9009.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Sa/Su             Feb 22/23    10:00 am-5:00 pm




Join us for one of three guided walks at London Farm.  Find out more about the original London Landing which was built by the London brothers for commerce and recreation.  By donation.
London Heritage Farm
Sa             Feb 22    10:00 am, 12 noon and 2:00 pm




Find out how the Interurban Tram helped to develop the Richmond community with free tours held throughout the day.
Steveston Interurban Tram Building
Sa             Feb 22      10:00 am-4:00 pm

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site
City of Richmond
Direct: 604 718-6104