Chinese New Year, a.k.a. Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year (Nónglì xinnián), is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival proper begins on the first day of the first lunar month (zheng yuè) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th, this day is called Lantern Festival, or (yuánxiaojié).

2007 marks a special event, being the year of the "Golden Boar". This occurs every 60 years and is highly revered for it's outstanding prosperity and fertility of the family.

This year, thousands embarked upon the streets of Vancouver's Chinatown to celebrate. Parades, costumes, fireworks, dance and food highlighted the events of the festival.

Idols of the new year. Gold, flowers and symbols of the ancient tradition.

 

Shop keepers hang leaves of lettuce above the entrances of their venues, which bring wealth.

Traditional lion dancers perform a small ceremony at each store front. The lion represents ferocity to adversaries and fireworks are dropped at the doorway to scare off evil spirits.

Many local shops display dozens of lanterns during the festival.

Pretty young girls, dressed warmly in traditional wear, play among the paper confetti.

Women mull over mandarin oranges and kumquats, which are prized for the lunar holiday.

Deluxe coconut pudding shaped into goldfish and served with (chocolate) gold coins.

Traditional Chinese Food and Wares

Steamed buns, cookies and other baked goods were popular snacks for visitors.

Fish and shellfish both fresh and dried on display for sale.

Dried shrimp is displayed in large volumes.

Three grades and sizes of dried scallops, limpets and cockles.

Dried squid and Japanese White Bait.

Yes....that'll be Gekkos alright................

Invariably, things will be sold with head and feet.

Dried fish, shellfish, nuts and beans.

Mushrooms, seaweed, and of course, barbequed pork, chicken and duck.

A shopkeeper prepares my dinner for packaging. Yummy.

Dried oysters, both single and on strings.

The butcher selects a dozen Chinese sausages for me.

One of my favorites. Sticky rice with egg yolk and mung beans.

I still have yet to figure out what this is. I think its a root marinated in tomato sauce.

Barrels and barrels of ginsing at entrance of this shop.

Bamboo, vegetables and root crops.

Baby bok choy, radishes, chard, lettuce, suey choi and gai lan.

Two of many wonderful fresh fish markets.

Fresh tiger prawns. No heads and shell on.

Fresh Dungeness crabs from Tofino.

Fresh Lobsters from the East Coast.