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Lunar new year welcomed with festival of light, colour

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Li-Mei Chang, left, and Sasha Chen hold up lanterns that were part of Saturday night's Spring Lantern Festival at Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna. About 400 people attended to ring in the lunar new year.
The lunar new year was rung in by some 400 people Saturday evening in Kelowna.
The Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association organized the Spring Lantern Festival at Parkinson Recreation Centre, but organizer Silver Leung said the event wasn't just for the local Chinese community.
Leung said people from various cultures were taking part in the annual celebration that has been held in Asia for generations. This was the fourth annual event in Kelowna.
In keeping with the event's multicultural theme, lantern workshops were held for people of different ethnic backgrounds and the finished works decorated the hall.
"There will be a showcase of different lanterns from different cultures," said Leung.
Children also had a chance to make their own lanterns at the event that Leung said is a way for people to connect with their culture and heritage.
The evening's entertainment included cultural dances, games, music and children's performances as well as a performance presented by the local Sikh temple.
"This is the first of a series of multicultural events that will be held throughout the year," said Leung.
May is Asian Heritage Month, and the Asian community will be represented at the annual Folk Fest event later this year.
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