red hearts and lanterns


Red is for hearts and lovers and friends this weekend – Happy Valentine’s Day! or Hauskaa Ystävänpäivää and Happy Friendship Day as the Finns celebrate it.

Red is for the colour of the maple leaf on the Canadian flag.
Red is for Olympic mittens and clothing for Canadians hosting the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Red is the colour of happiness in Chinese culture now celebrating the Lunar New Year, the beginning of spring and the Year of the Tiger.

Red is for the lanterns lining the streets of Chinatown for the bigger than usual parade and other events, thanks to the the thousands of visitors in Vancouver for the Games.

Did you know that Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest in Canada, and second to the one in San Francisco? And that we have another city with a huge Chinese population from more recent years’ immigration, that of Richmond, located south of Vancouver and home of the Vancouver International Airport? That Chinese are our largest non-British ethnic group in an already very multi-cultural city and province? We also have a large number of other Asians here as well, some of whom also celebrate the New Year at this time.

Gung hai fat choi!

(Update: Apologies for not checking that the link within the link in my old Friendship Day post no longer works. I suggest Wikipedia’s page about various alternative celebrations around the world to Valentine’s Day.)

February 13, 2010 in Canada and BC, Culture, Current Events by Marja-Leena