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5 Ways you Can Celebrate Lunar New Year in Victoria, B.C.

Posted on February 5, 2021

The Year of the Ox is upon us, and what better place to celebrate the Lunar New Year than in Canada’s oldest Chinatown? In Victoria, you'll find no shortage of rich cultural experiences to help you ring in the New Year with authentic traditions and festive offerings.


Celebrate Lunar New Year in a New Way

Ring in the Year of the Ox safely this Lunar New Year by wearing red on February 12 and decorating doorways with decorations, lanterns and the colour red. Show your support for the community by supporting local businesses in Victoria's Chinatown. Tune in on February 12 to see the Lion Dance presented virtually by the Wong Sheung Hung Fut Kung Fu Club. Find more information here.


Drink Tea Associated with Blessings and Health

In China, it’s traditional to drink teas for blessings and good health to celebrate the New Year. Visit Silk Road Tea Company in Chinatown and discover lucky teas to sip while you welcome blessings and prosperity.

Image by @silkroadtea


Explore Canada's Oldest Chinatown

Take some time to explore the vibrant wonders of Victoria's Chinatown, including the famously narrow Fan Tan Alley, named after the game of “Fan Tan.” You'll uncover traditional Chinese toys and games, artwork, homewares and unique clothing in Chinatown's many locally-owned boutiques. 

Insider tip: Join a Discover the Past walking tour to learn about Fan Tan Alley’s history.

Image by @stephsnelling


Get a Taste of Chinatown

Support the local restaurants in Chinatown by dining in or taking out and experience authentic flavours that will delight your senses. Visit Don Mee Seafood Restaurant for a dim sum feast or order a taste of Chinatown with an Off The Eaten Track sampling of Chinatown's offerings

Image by @seeusoontravel


Go Back in Time

For a truly historic experience, visit the Royal BC Museum and take a guided one hour tour of the Becoming BC Gallery. You'll be transported back in time as you explore exciting stops in Chinatown, the railway and the cannery, which illustrate the contributions of the Chinese community to the rich history of our province.