Winterlude Chinatown’s 2019 special lunar new year celebration
Saturday, February 16, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join Chinatown’s 2019 special Lunar New Year celebration… meet the Kings of Good Fortune accompanied by drummers. Each year at the Lunar New Year, the tradition is to hang a picture of the god for blessings of great luck and large wealth.
Meet the Kings of Good Fortune on Saturday February 16th, 2019 from between 12:30 am and 1:30 pm in Chinatown. Whether in restaurants or stores on the street, the King will give away 2019 lucky red envelopes with his best wishes in Chinatown. Among the 2019 red envelopes there will be 108 special gifts from various Chinatown merchants for the even luckier winners…
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. It is popular in several East Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan.
Learn one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world by taking a Chinese painting class in Chinatown. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultures’ arts by emphasis on motion and change with dynamic life. It is believed that by practicing them helps one to maintain mindfulness and maintain calmness in life.
Luck, Abundance, Longevity, Happiness and Good Fortune are known to be the basic and modest wishes in the lives of ordinary people in Chinese culture. These five characters in calligraphy are an artistic expression of the blessings received by those who touch them.
Canada – the adopted home for many immigrants – is a country where abundance, luck, happiness, wealth, and stability abound and with which many of us are blessed. We wish for all Canadians to embrace and enjoy Luck, Abundance, Longevity, Happiness, and Good Fortune forever.
Find the signs under the Chinatown Gateway on Somerset Street West. Share your photos, use the hashtag #chinatownottawa
Strolling across Chinatown, you’ll notice bright pops of colour on windows, doors and walls. The China Doll mural paying homage to our local karaoke queen, a multicoloured panda made up of a mosaic of tiny pandas, a giant orange goldfish floating next to a horse and a turtle of the same size. Some of the murals are part of a public art project – a partnership between the Ottawa Chinatown BIA and the Ottawa School of Art – called “Chinatown Blossoms.”