Bright orange lanterns and Chinese wall hangings decorated the Row House Steak and Lobster House in Charlottetown on Tuesday for the 2019 Lantern Festival.
Over 100 people attended the afternoon event, which was co-hosted by seven P.E.I. firms, including Island Settlement Group, McInnes Cooper, Sunlife Financial, Fitzpatrick & Company, Royal Bank of Canada Commercial Financial Services, the Chinese Canadian Association of P.E.I. and Gigigu.
Paul Yin, president of the P.E.I. Chinese Association welcomed everyone to the event, which included traditional Chinese food and local Island fare.
“Chinese people always get together with their friends for a pot luck with dumplings at the end of Chinese New Year. There’s always a singer and some dancing,” says Yin.
On P.E.I. the event was a meet-and-greet.
Special guests at the reception included representatives from the Vietnamese Association of Prince Edward Island.
“We are happy to be here,” says Elaine Nguyen, who attended the event with Nhu Nguyen, chairman of the newly-formed Vietnamese Association of P.E.I.
They estimate there are 700 Vietnamese people living on the Island.