2019 LunarFest: 5 highlights to check out at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

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      The Year of the Pig has officially arrived, but many Lunar New Year festivities around the city have yet to kick off.

      For this year’s Lunarfest at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, which takes place on February 9 and 10 (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), pigs will be the stars of the show.

      The family-friendly event will be featuring many activities that revolve around the lunar zodiac, which include arts and crafts, fortunetelling, pig hero lanterns, and a showcase of multicultural food.

      Here are five things to check out at the 2019 Lunarfest.


      1. Pig Hero Exhibition

      This collection of 12 one-meter-high pig heroes will be attracting a lot of attention, and we don’t doubt visitors will be snapping photos of them at first glance. The 12 designs represent 12 different cultures, including Canada, India, China, and the U.K.



      2. Lunar Robots

      Lanterns are a big part of Lunar New Year celebrations, but making sure its waste doesn’t contaminate the environment is equally important. That’s why Lunar Robots are being introduced at this year’s LunarFest, which originate from Taiwan and can be trained to pick up lantern debris. It’s definitely an interesting and high-tech way to deal with waste.



      3. Lunar Crafts

      Arts and crafts have always been an important facet of LunarFest, and this year will be no different. Event-goers will be able to create everything from pig hero lanterns to origami flowers, and from Chinese-character good-luck charms to pig made from cotton thread.



      4. Lunar Eats

      With low temperatures forecasted for the rest of the week, there’s nothing better than indulging in some hot food at the outdoor festival. Multicultural grub will be available, including Taiwanese eats like Taiwanese pork sausage and deep-fried chicken fillet, as well as mouthwatering items from local vendors.



      5. Fortunetelling

      Asian-style fortunetelling is different from its western counterparts—it doesn’t require crystal balls. The Chinese method involves a cup filled with sticks, and the Japanese-style requires people to ask questions. Either way, this is a fun and light-hearted activity that can possibly predict your future.

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