Celebrations to ring in the Year of the Pig got off to an early start Saturday at Edmonton’s Chinese Catholic Parish.
This marks the 20th year the church has hosted a lunar new year celebration.
Hundreds of people enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including music and dancing, martial arts displays and, of course, food.
WATCH: Sandy Lai and Hannah Siu discuss some of the events taking place at the Chinese Catholic Parish this weekend
“In Chinese culture, the new year is a very big deal. we don’t really celebrate just the day; traditionally, it’s a month-long event,” said Sandy Lai, a spokesperson for the Chinese Catholic Parish.
“(Lunar) new year is all about bringing people together so our parish decided instead of everyone celebrating by themselves, let’s bring them together and then invite neighbours. Why not invite the whole city?”
The Year of the Pig officially begins on Feb. 5.
It’s estimated that over one billion people worldwide celebrate the holiday.
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