The 2018 Spring Festival gala drew increased attendance. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Celebrating Chinese New Year in Langley

Fourth annual event draws more than 850

More than 850 people attended the fourth annual Chinese New Year Spring Festival Gala organized by the Live In Langley Chinese Association on Sunday.

It was the best turnout yet for the event, held at the Church in the Valley on Old Yale Road.

Guests lined up for food that ranged from Chinese cuisine to pizzas and sushi, then settled in for a two-and-a-half-hour show that included music, dance, recitals, fashion shows and comedy.

The event program noted the Live In Langley association has the stated aim of integrating Chinese families into the local community by encouraging them to “play an active role in many social, cultural, sports and charitable activities while enjoying the free, peaceful and beautiful life in Canada.”

“Because we’re Canadian and we’re also people living in Langley,” organizer Feixue Yin said.

“We want to build this community, to be better.”

It took 150 volunteers and another 200 performers to stage the 2018 gala, Yin said.

Dignitaries included Member of Parliament Mark Warawa and Langley Township mayor Jack Froese.

The family-friendly all-volunteer event got started on social media, with the Chinese-language We Chat mobile text and voice messaging communication service connecting people interested in holding a New Year’s event in Langley.

The size of the event has grown rapidly since its inception.

When the first event was held in the West Langley Hall in 2015, about 200 people turned out.

The second year, it moved to the Christ Worship Centre in Surrey, and the attendance for the spring festival grew to about 500.

In year three, it returned to Langley — and the Church in the Valley — when more than 700 braved one of the most miserable winter days of the year to attend.

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The increased turnout was said to reflect the growth in the Chinese community in both Langley City and Township as well as out-of-towners becoming aware of the celebration.

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Township mayor Jack Froese was one of several dignitaries to attend the New Year celebration Sunday. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

All dressed up at the New Year celebration. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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