Granville Island looks forward to celebrating Lunar New Year traditions in February. 2019 marks the Year of the Pig, and there are many ways to celebrate with us on the Island!
February 5 – 17
Snap a photo in front of our lantern installations, outside on the Tree of Light in Triangle Square or inside the Net Loft atrium. Tag @granville_island in your Instagram post
Lion Dance 10:30am – 12pm
This annual tradition starts in the Public Market. Follow the Lion Dancers as they make their way through the market and around the Island, bringing good luck and prosperity. The God of Fortune will hand out lucky red envelopes and good wishes for the year.
Sugar Painting 11am – 2pm
Watch a traditional form of Chinese folk art that uses hot, liquid sugar to create two and three dimensional figures. Walk away with a tasty edible art piece. Location: Public Market, Southwest entrance
Learning Chinese Calligraphy 11am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 3:30pm
Celebrate the Lunar New Year by learning Chinese calligraphy with Peter Quenters. Take a glimpse into the history, tradition, philosophy, and practical use of the tools and methods of writing and painting with brush and ink. Peter will demonstrate how to set up your work space, writing Chinese characters without understanding the language (Chinese as well as Japanese), and how calligraphy and painting are closely connected. Please call ahead to register: 604-736-7028. Location: Opus Art Supplies, 1360 Johnston Street
Lunar New Year treats at the Public Market
Obarz: sweet locally made Vietnamese pastries
Granville Island Tea Co.: sample a cup of Jasmine Dragon Tears green tea
South China Seas: - sniff and taste the fresh and fragrant herbs, and spices featured in their Far East Spice collection.