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Western Region Celebrates Lunar New Year

By Siu-wan Ng, Vancouver

Lunar New Year celebration in VancouverLunar New Year celebration in Vancouver

SGI Canada members in Vancouver were thankful for having received SGI President Ikeda’s warm and encouraging New Year’s message for our annual Western Region Lunar New Year Gongyo Meeting.

The meeting was hosted and organized by members from Vancouver Area 7 on January 29 to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year. Held in the Ikeda Auditorium at the Vancouver SGI Canada Culture Centre, participants were greeted by smiling faces and festive decorations.

Just when the meeting began, the rain that had been pouring stopped and the meeting turned into a very joyful gathering. SGI practitioners from other areas of Vancouver also attended to show their support, along with national and regional leaders.

Mongolian Bowls danceMongolian Bowls dance

With an attendance of close to 200 practitioners and guests, it was a very successful meeting on many fronts. The two youth emcees spoke in Cantonese and Mandarin to accommodate the Chinese-speaking attendees. There were behind-the-scenes support members from other areas. Several wonderful cultural performances included "Miyake" by the youth Victory Taiko Group, the "Mongolian Bowls Dance", the "Mulan Long Spike Sword Dance", "Morigasaki Beach" by a youth trio, a teen martial artist, and the final sing-along of a New Year song.

Everyone also enjoyed the greetings by each of the eight districts in Area 7 which showcased their efforts in preparation and talent. The district greetings indicated a sense of mission to achieve our own happiness and world peace.

Joy filled the Ikeda Auditorium throughout the gathering as it was another occasion showing harmonious unity and strong momentum to show actual proof of our faith in daily life and reach our goals for kosen-rufu.