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Join the only on-snow Chinese New Year celebration in BC’s Interior
January 24, 2014: Sun Peaks’ inaugural Chinese New Year Celebration: January 31 to February 2
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Sun Peaks, BC - Sun Peaks will celebrate its first Chinese New Year next weekend with fun family events to celebrate and create awareness of the Chinese culture. Guests and locals will usher in the Year of the Horse, complete with fireworks, traditional decorations, Asian dining and cultural activities.
Festivities will begin on Friday with the distribution of red envelopes decorated with characters representing happiness and wealth. Participating village restaurants will also feature Asian inspired cuisine to get diners in the spirit.
On Saturday, after enjoying time on the slopes, guests can participate in a Tai Chi session, watch street dancers perform and marvel at a freshly-hewn, life-sized ice sculpture of a horse. Creative workshops will keep children engaged and introduce them to the cultural significance of the occasion. The evening will culminate with fire dancing, The Year of the Horse Torchlight Parade and traditional Chinese fireworks, all visible from the village base.
The cultural experience will end with a dim sum brunch on Sunday accompanied by an interactive Asian drumming performance in a sheltered venue outside the Village Day Lodge.
The resort business community has enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to diversify its cultural awareness and appeal, enhancing guest experience. In this spirit, several resort businesses will be offering specials throughout the weekend, such as Mantles Restaurant’s Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday evening. The Sun Peaks Spa is offering a special treatment from January 31 to February 13, featuring a hot foot soak with sunflower petals to wish guests good luck all year, compression, tapotment and reflexology massage techniques, and a hydrating mango mandarin butter massage.
The celebration has been planned in close consultation with several members of the local and regional Chinese communities, including Thompson Rivers University, various Asian cultural societies and receptive tour operators.
“Each of our consultants provided valuable input for hosting a fun and culturally-respectful weekend,” says Layla Jaffer,  acting director of sales and marketing for Sun Peaks Resort. “We are looking forward to providing a cultural experience with broad appeal which people can relate to on different levels. Learning about other cultures facilitates understanding and acceptance and ultimately fosters healthier communities. This certainly influenced our decision to develop this event.”

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