Langley welcomes the Year of the Dog

Langley’s Chinese community and invited guests rang in Lunar New Year with a gala evening on Sunday in a sea of the colour red, a symbol of luck.

The fourth annual Chinese Lunar New Year Gala brought together about 900 people in the Church of the Valley.

Since the Live In Langley Chinese Association started the celebration in 2015, it has grown to require use of the large church.

The non-profit organization, developed by people of Chinese heritage in the community, was created to help 500-plus members bridge eastern and western cultures.

After a feast, the attendees, including several local political dignitaries, were treated to an evening of performances by people of all ages.

Most couldn’t stay in their seats because at some point in the program, their presence was required on stage for performing. The association members showcase their various talents during the gala, so that the entertainment includes teen rock bands, ballet and modern dance, Brahms, tai chi demonstrations, traditional and modern Chinese music, folk dance, recitations, and a fashion show.

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The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

The Live in Langley Chinese Association Lunar New Year 2018 celebration was Feb. 11, 2018. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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