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Lunar New Year: The Secret of the Red Envelopes

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Lucky red envelopes symbolize good wishes and luck for the Lunar New Year, as well as being a symbolic gesture thought to keep away a demon named Sui. Learn the craft of folding your own lucky red envelopes into a popular shape with Jeffrey Wong of the Wong Association.

Also, Doris Chow of the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown will share common Lunar New Year traditions and customs important for winning points with in-laws and seniors to earn the bigger red envelopes year after year and how to win the status of favourite uncle or aunty.

Jeffrey Wong
was born and raised in Vancouver and is a passionate history buff. He is Vice-President of the Wongs’ Benevolent Association and volunteer archivist for the association. He helped reactivate the historic Mon Keang classroom at the association in partnership with the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown to offer Cantonese Saturday School.

Doris Chow 周慕怡 co-founded the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown 青心在唐人街 with her sister and others to practice, share and celebrate the living culture and heritage of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Their award-winning programs, “Hot+Noisy” Chinatown Mahjong Social and Vancouver Chinatown Cantonese Saturday School, connect people and place across generations in experiential ways. Doris is big on tradition and dreams of learning how to cook a full Lunar New Year meal. Her favourite dishes are "white cut" chicken 白切鸡 and Nin Gou 年糕.



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