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Photos: Celebrating Year of the Rabbit in New West

Sky lantern workshop among Lunar New Year events in New Westminster

Families celebrated the Year of the Rabbit at a variety of Lunar New Year events in New West.

The City of New Westminster hosted several activities in celebration of the Lunar New Year, including cooking and crafting workshops.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, families took part in the Fortune in Your Hands workshop at Centennial Community Centre, where they created their own unique “fortune” banner decoration. At Anvil Centre, community members gathered for a family sky lantern workshop, where they decorated their own sky lanterns (with instruction provided by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association) and enjoyed storytelling celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.

The city’s Lunar New Year offerings also include two cooking programs.

“We were very pleased with the response for the Lunar New Year events,” said Lisa Kemp, the city’s program coordinator of special events. “Several community members commented that they appreciated the opportunity to learn while doing an activity. Attendance was also very high at all events.”

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