On January 25th, 2020, a proclamation signed by BC attorney General David Eby on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II was read by Anne Kang, Minister of Citizen Services at Tian-Jin Temple in Burnaby BC declaring the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Spring Festival in recognition of contributions of Asian cultures to the lives of British Columbians.
The proclamation was received by Millie Chen, Master at Tian-Jin Temple, and Clement Yu, President of the Chinese Kuan-Kung Association in Canada. Kang expressed the Tian-Jin Temple was chosen for its continued contribution to promoting Chinese culture and heritage to declare the proclamation.
The event was also attended by MP Burnaby South and National NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, MLA Burnaby North Janet Routledge, Minister of state for Child care Katrina Chen, Burnaby mayor Mike Hurley, Burnaby City consul members Pietro Calendino, Joe Keithly, Paul McDonnell, and JamesWang. The proclamation was also attended by Susie Chen, Deputy Director-General of the Taipei Econimic and Cultural Office, Vancouver.
The proclamation was followed by ringing of the temple bell to bring prosperity to the new year.
To align with the recent provincial health order, Tian-Jin Temple is suspending weekly activities until Jan 8.