Official celebrations and observances


City Council and staff recognize and value the contributions of the diverse communities that make Vancouver one of the most livable cities in the world. We also observe internationally recognized days and significant events in our history.

We recognize these official celebrations and observances through public ceremonies involving the mayor, councillors, and members of the community, or through acknowledgement by the City with a proclamation or recognition during a Council meeting. Annual events could also include cultural celebrations with speakers, entertainment, and when appropriate, a reception.    

The official celebrations and observances listed below have been approved by City Council.

All official celebrations and observances are following the advice set out by BC provincial health authorities to cancel events larger than 50 people. At this time we are not proceeding with any of these events until further notice.

Happy Nowruz

As the situation evolves during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish the Iranian community which has been especially hard hit this year, along with all others who celebrate Nowruz, a happy New Year.

As we advise against social gatherings and encourage social distancing to curb the spread of the virus, we look forward to celebrating with you next year.