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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…

Play Pokémon GO

 

Pokestops in Chinatown

The number of public spaces in a concentrated area like Chinatown attract Pokémon like no other neighbourhood.

Between Somerset and Bay and Somerset and Preston there are over 10 Pokéstops. Halfway down the street you’ll see the Chinatown arch – it’s a focal point for lures.

Sit down on a bench or in a nearby restaurant, enjoy some food and drink and drop a lure on your nearest Pokéstop to attract more Pokémon.

You’ve gotta catch them all!

Find your Chinese zodiac sign

What is your zodiac? Do you know?

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.

In Chinatown, these zodiacs are imbedded into the sidewalks. Come and find them and learn about what your zodiac means.

rat 1924
1936
1948
1960
1972
1984
1996
2008
ox 1925
1937
1949
1961
1973
1985
1997
2009
tiger 1926
1938
1950
1962
1974
1986
1998
2010
rabbit 1927
1939
1951
1963
1975
1987
1999
2011
dragon 1928
1940
1952
1964
1976
1988
2000
2012
 snake 1929
1941
1953
1965
1977
1989
2001
2013
horse 1930
1942
1954
1966
1978
1990
2002
2014
goat 1931
1943
1955
1967
1979
1991
2003
2015
monkey 1932
1944
1956
1968
1980
1992
2004
2016
rooster 1933
1945
1957
1969
1981
1993
2005
2017
dog 1934
1946
1958
1970
1982
1994
2006
2018
dragon 1935
1947
1959
1971
1983
1995
2007
2019

 

 

 

Try Chinese painting & calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy
Credit: Lydia Liu https://www.flickr.com/photos/lydiaxliu/

 

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.

 

Bring luck home

Lucky signs

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.

Chinatown lucky signs

Find the signs under the Chinatown Gateway on Somerset Street West. Share your photos, use the hashtag #chinatownottawa

Take an art walk

Chinatown murals

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.”