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Yellowknife celebrates Lantern Festival

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February 12 marks the beginning of festivities for Chinese New Year.

There are several events happening in Yellowknife throughout the month. 

It began with a lantern lighting event at Somba K’e Park. 

Season’s greetings from a lantern. (Supplied by Yellowknife Chinese Association.)

Yellowknife Mayor Rebecca Alty joined the organizers of the event to light the first lantern in Somba K’e Park to kick-off the three weeks of festivities. 

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Angela Law owns and operates Yellowknife Tours and serves as secretary for Yellowknife Chinese Association, who are organizing the events. 

Law said COVID-19 wouldn’t have too much of an impact on her usual celebrations.

“Actually, we just celebrate, like, normal that. But we, we normally, you know, stay home for family dinner.”

Angela Law

She said this year’s event is not just about celebrating Chinese culture.

“Other than getting all Chinese together. We also like to combine with other cultures in Canada. So we like to welcome everybody from different different communities to join us together.”

Angela Law

Other events include a riddle-solving competition, with locations throughout town and workshops on Chinese cooking, Mandarin classes and Chinese calligraphy workshops.

Some of the events have capacity restrictions, which has led to most of them being fully booked, with only a week’s worth of advertising.

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