Ready to celebrate Chinese New Year

Jim Day
Published on February 3, 2016
UPEI student Peng Peng holds up a couple of tickets for the annual Chinese levee that will be held on Feb. 20 at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre in Charlottetown. Tickets can be purchased at Chinese grocery stores in Charlottetown.

 Close to 1,000 people are expected to gather in Charlottetown this month for a big party celebrating Chinese New Year.

Organizer Roland Liu says the event will feature Chinese-style dancing, song, opera and even the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu.

Traditional Chinese food, of course, will also be served.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Charlottetown MP Sean Casey and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee are among the invited dignitaries.

The celebration runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre.

Liu says the date comes almost two weeks after the actual start of the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8 to allow the many Chinese who return to their homeland to celebrate the opportunity to attend the Charlottetown party when they return to P.E.I.

Liu, who moved from China to P.E.I. two years ago with his wife, Coral, and the couple's daughter, Eva, says the event is much anticipated by the growing Chinese community here.

"It's a really big party,'' he said.

"Very exciting.''

 The party will mark about the 10th straight year a big bash has been held in Charlottetown to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the Chinese grocery stores in Charlottetown.