Friday was an important day for many Chinese Canadians across Saskatchewan.
The day marked the Chinese New Year. Celebrations happened all across the province, including in Regina and at the TCU Place in Saskatoon.
Shirley Zhou is President of Saskatoon Chinese Canadian Organization.
She says preparation involves says a cleaning of the house before the big day before New Year’s Day and stringing up mostly red decorations.
Why red? Well, Zhou says it’s good fortune.
“The decorations include paper cups, lanterns, Chinese knots,” she said. “And people also start preparing special dishes for the New Year.”
During Chinese New Year’s celebrations, young people visit and take presents to the elders in the family. In return, the elders give them red envelopes with money.
This is the year of the Dog and according to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in a year of the Dog are considered usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.