The 2019 Lunar New Year Parade in Vancouver.

The 2023 Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade is back! It hits the streets on January 22.

This popular event moved online during the pandemic. It will be the first live parade in three years.

People are excited. It’s an annual tradition for many families.

New Moon, new year

The parade marks the Chinese New Year. This holiday is also called Lunar New Year. Why?

The Chinese lunar calendar doesn’t start on January 1. It starts with the first new Moon. This year, that’s January 22. The holiday ends 15 days later, when the Moon is full.