All East and South East Asian cultures will be celebrating the Lunar New Year starting on Tuesday, February 1st. The Spring festival of New Year usually takes place over multiple days in these communities.
By | Samantha Kwong
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Vancouver Canucks are introducing a new jersey designed by Vancouver artist, author, and entrepeneur Trevor Lai.
The commemorative jersey is red with a gold embroidered logo to fit with the Lunar New Year’s signature colours. The Canucks’ signature orca has transformed into a tiger to match this year’s Chinese zodiac. The tiger leaping from the water symbolizes power, leadership, and change.
The jersey shoulder patches were inspired by Chinatown’s Millennium Gate in Vancouver. They have the characters 加人队 (the Chinese name for the Canucks) inside the gate to represent how the team, as well as the Chinese people, are all a part of one community.
Lai said he chose these words to be inscribed on top of the gate to be able to “remember the past and look forward to the future.” It further explains the jersey’s positive message.
Proceeds from the sale of merchandise that hold Lai’s design will be donated to Elimin8Hate, a Vancouver advocacy arm which is fighting for anti-racism in Canada.
The jersey will be worn by the Canucks players during their warm-ups in honour of the upcoming Lunar New Year on February 1st, during their game versus the Nashville Predators.
Lunar New Year is celebrated by billions of people in China, Asia, and around the world. Celebrations begin once the new moon of the lunar calendar rises (typically between January 21 to February 20) and last for about two weeks.
Celebrations are meant to bring good luck and prosperity. Chinese families and friends usually gather and enjoy various Chinese meals together such as fish, dumplings, spring rolls, and good fortune fruit. All the dishes have a significant meaning to bring wealth and prosperity to the new year.
Additionally, red envelopes are given for good luck and good health; it is often called “lucky money.”
Although Chinese New Year is celebrated differently depending on each family and country, it is a holiday where families can reunite and spend time together.
Happy Lunar New Year!
農曆新年快樂 Chúc mừng tết Nguyên Đán 새해 복 많이 받으세요