The Year of the Horse

This year’s  Chinese New Year festivities were, as always, dynamic and colourful as Calgary’s Chinese community celebrated the Year of the Horse at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre  between January 31 and February 15, 2014. The Year of the Horse is considered to be a lucky year by the Chinese people. SAIT’s photojournalism students were on hand to capture the event.

Traditional Dance: Ken Leong, left, and the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association perform their dragon dance in front of the Chinese Cultural Centre. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Traditional Dance: Ken Leong, left, and the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association perform their dragon dance in front of the Chinese Cultural Centre. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Colourful Dance: The Jing Wo Cultural Association and the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association perform the traditional Chinese lion dance. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Colourful Dance: The Jing Wo Cultural Association and the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association perform the traditional Chinese lion dance. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Ferocious Lion: Calgary City Centre-North MP Michelle Rempel, paints a dragon head for the 2014 Chinese New Year celebration. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Ferocious Lion: Calgary City Centre-North MP Michelle Rempel, paints a dragon head for the 2014 Chinese New Year celebration. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Peek a Boo: The God of Fortune offers gifts, good fortune and photo ops to anyone willing to have their picture taken - or not - during Chinese New Year celebrations.(Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Peek a Boo: The God of Fortune offers gifts, good fortune and photo ops to anyone willing to have their picture taken – or not – during Chinese New Year celebrations.(Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Colourful Costumes: Hundreds line up to receive a package from the God of Fortune after hours of performances and celebrations during Chinese New Year celebrations.  (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Colourful Costumes: Hundreds line up to receive a package from the God of Fortune after hours of performances and celebrations during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Karate Master: The youngest martial artist of the crew shows off his skills during the Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Karate Master: The youngest martial artist of the crew shows off his skills during the Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Proud Parents: The crowd reacts to the Kugekai Lion Dance Team during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Proud Parents: The crowd reacts to the Kugekai Lion Dance Team during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins/The Press)
Colourful Dance: A lion dramatically eats a head of lettuce during a performance by the Kugekai Lion Dance Team at this years' Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins /The Press)
Colourful Dance: A lion dramatically eats a head of lettuce during a performance by the Kugekai Lion Dance Team at this years’ Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins /The Press)
Colourful Dance: Lions dance as part of a traditional dance in celebration of Chinese New Year. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Colourful Dance: Lions dance as part of a traditional dance in celebration of Chinese New Year. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Dynamic Dance: Ken Leong of the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association heads up the dragon dance to celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Dynamic Dance: Ken Leong of the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Association heads up the dragon dance to celebrate the 2014 Chinese New Year. (Photo by Brent Calver/The Press)
Celebrations: Thousands of people crowd inside the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Evan Buhler/The Press)
Celebrations: Thousands of people crowd inside the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Evan Buhler/The Press)
Colourful Dance: Students from the Jing Won Martial Arts School perform during the Year of the Horse Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Evan Buhler/The Press)
Colourful Dance: Students from the Jing Won Martial Arts School perform during the Year of the Horse Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Evan Buhler/The Press)
Traditional Dance: Members of the Chinese Cultural Society perform a Chinese sword dance during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Traditional Dance: Members of the Chinese Cultural Society perform a Chinese sword dance during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Courtney Blatch/The Press)
Tight Squeeze: Chinese fusion dancers make the best of the only chair available before heading onto the stage during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins /The Press)
Tight Squeeze: Chinese fusion dancers make the best of the only chair available before heading onto the stage during Chinese New Year celebrations. (Photo by Sarah Collins /The Press)
About Kevin Udahl 8 Articles
Kevin Udahl is a photojournalism instructor at SAIT, and the executive photo editor of The Press.

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