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Exhibition of Chinese Zodiac Celebrating the Traditional Chinese New Year

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Date: January 31 to April 3, 2016; Opening Reception January 31 at 2:00pm
Presented by: The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage
Venue: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5
Inquiries: 604-658-8880;
Co-presented by Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage
The year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey (also the year of Bingshen) according to the Chinese lunar calendar. As the Chinese spring festival is approaching, Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver and China’s Henan Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage co-present an exhibition titled Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals Celebrating the Traditional Chinese New Year at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum during January 31st to February 28th. The 63 bilingual panels of the exhibition illustrate and explain the history of Chinese zodiac animals and traditions. The content is enriched by photos of the excavated artifacts such as clay, jade and bronze zodiac animals in Henan Province. This exhibition is entertaining, instructive and family friendly. The exhibition is in both English and Chinese.
Henan Province in China is one of those most important cradles of Chinese culture and has long served as the national political, economic and cultural center. It preserves a host of cultural relics themed on the Chinese zodiac and passes down the zodiac’s cultural tradition. From clamshells with designs of dragons and tigers in the Neolithic age, to today’s folk custom of uncles sending lamb-shaped food to nephews in the sixth lunar month every year in Northern China, all those aspects are embodied with the charm of Chinese zodiac culture.