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Year of the Tiger Carnival

Multiple Lion's Dance
Multiple Lion's Dance
Courtesy of the CCCC

If the mere thought of Valentine’s Day makes you throw up a little in the back of your mouth, then 2010 is your year. Chinese New Year happens to fall on February 14th.

And the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is celebrating with a Year of the Tiger Carnival, which annually attracts around 20,000 people. 

Samantha Yang, Executive Administrator of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre says that this is the first time in the 18-year program that they have decided to extend the festivities over a 4-day period (February 12-15, 2010) to include the Family Day holiday. 

One of the most popular events is the visually-stunning performance of the traditional Dragon & Lion Dance, but this free Carnival features so much more! There is festival music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, singing and folk art demonstrations, such as Chinese painting and calligraphy. 

In addition to plenty of food, there are also booths selling gifts and festival items. This year, the Centre has replaced some of their trade booths with more than a dozen unique and interesting festival-themed game booths. The whole family’s participation is encouraged and there are lots of prizes and free stuff.

Family Day, Valentine’s Day and New Year all wrapped into one great festival. What’s not to love?

The CCCC is located at 197 First St. SW. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.

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