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CanadaExtreme cold doesn’t stop Calgary ice carver from celebrating Lunar New Year

15:56  04 february  2019
15:56  04 february  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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The Lunar New Year 2019 begins on Tuesday, Feb. Ice sculptures at the Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival may suffer from minor melting during the afternoon hours on Tuesday Extreme cold led to the deaths of at least 16 people across the U.S. this week, while frigid conditions killed babies

The cold weather has taken its toll on several Calgary outdoor events. The City of Calgary has decided to cancel the outdoor New Year ’s Eve celebrations that were planned for Sunday night in order to protect the public from the extreme weather conditions.

Extreme cold doesn’t stop Calgary ice carver from celebrating Lunar New Year© Tim Webber/Global News Calgary ice carver Julian Lee with one of the sculptures he's created to celebrate Lunar New Year.

It's fitting that Julian Lee is carving blocks of ice this week in downtown Calgary surrounded, as he is, by icy conditions.

Lee is working outdoors in James Short Park to create ice sculptures to help celebrate Lunar New Year.

"This is a sea turtle," Lee said, pointing to the piece he was working on Sunday afternoon. "The turtle, in Chinese, also means long life."

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The extreme cold brings some challenges for Lee as he works with the ice blocks.

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Lunar New Year is the beginning of a year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar.

Calgary New Years Eve (City of Calgary / Facebook). A series of outdoor events that were set to take place in Calgary as part of the city’s New Years celebrations have been cancelled due to The events included live performances at Olympic Plaza, fire-pits, and ice - carving demos, among others.

"They're actually tougher to cut, and you wear out your chainsaw or whatever you're using," he said.

But while the wintry weather may be tough on his tools, the veteran carver isn't bothered by it at all.

"Minus 28, actually, is not cold," Lee said. "The coldest day I ever carved was -42. My eyelashes were glued together, I can't even see, so -28 — nice and warm!"

Calgary's Chinatown District Business Improvement Area organized the ice sculpture showcase to help ring in the Year of the Pig, which begins on Tuesday, Feb 5.

Lee is creating 10 Asian-themed sculptures for the occasion.

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Pointing to the base of a Chinese lantern, he explained the significance of the design.

"This is actually the shape of a Chinese symbol," Lee said. "It means good luck."

Lee will continue working through the cold on Monday and Tuesday, with members of the public welcome to stop by and watch him work.

No matter how chilly it might get, Lee has no intention of stopping.

"This is actually my kind of weather!" he said.

Calgary is experiencing its longest stretch of cold weather in 21 years.
The last time it was this cold in Calgary for this long, the movie Titanic was making history.

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