Happy Lunar New Year!

Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year! For those countries who follow a purely lunar calendar, the 2018 new year begins on February 16th. Lunar new year celebrations are held in many countries and typically consist of bright lights, fireworks and noise makers.

Happy Chinese New Year, paper art flowers and dog design in red and gold, happy dog year in Chinese words

2018 Chinese New Year

The Chinese zodiac calendar rotates in a 12-year cycle. Each year has a Chinese zodiac animal with which it is associated: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

2018 is a year of the Dog, which is said to provide an opportunity to consolidate accomplishments, renew motivations, and plan for the year to come.

Embassy closures in celebration of the Lunar New Year

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Embassy of the Republic of China and the Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa will be closed on February 15th and 16th, 2018. All Consular services, including the legalization of Canadian documents, will be unavailable until they re-open.

How to use your Canadian documents abroad

Documents intended for use abroad will often require a process called authentication and legalization. You may hear other terms for this process, such as apostille or attestation. For more information on the process, take a look at our authentication and legalization services.

To get a quote or discuss your documents, you may also contact one of our experts directly. Call us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or complete an online Request Form.

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