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January 11, 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Chinese New Year is fast approaching, are you ready to celebrate the year of the rooster?!

Chinese New Year, also known as “Spring Festival”, is one of China’s most important traditional festivals. It is a national holiday in China and spans over three days, marking the first day of the new Lunar Calendar. Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 different animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac.

This year on January 28, the year of the Rooster will begin. People born in the year of the Rooster are thought to be considered trustworthy and have a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility. Other less favourable traits include overthinking and getting caught on tiny details.

  

A New Leaf

It is a time for people to come together to celebrate the hard work from the past year. A long-lasting tradition, deeply rooted in family ties and values. Similar to Western New Years, it signifies the turning of a new leaf and is also a time for wishing for a prosperous and successful upcoming year.

Like many traditions, there is an outburst of colour and celebrations. Ranging from bright red colours, extensive parades, and amazing firework shows. Another popular tradition is the exchange of Red Lai-See Envelopes, which represent “good luck money” being given to family and friends.

Traditionally Chinese New Year celebrations start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the following year. On this day the celebrations are concluded with the “Lantern Festival”. The lantern festival is a beautifully crafted tradition where people of all ages go out at night and release paper lanterns into the night sky to mark the end of Chinese New Year.

  

Events to check out this year in Toronto

Chinese New Year Gala
The largest event in the Chinese community, perfect for celebrating, socializing and features over eight hundred acts from all over China and Canada.
Where: Sony Centre for Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When: January 27, 8 pm 

 

Dragon Ball 2017
A benefit gala to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Where: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, 105 Princes’ Blvd.
When: January 28, 5:45 pm 

 

Pacific Mall Celebrations
North Americas largest indoor Chinese mall has numerous events in celebration of Chinese New Year. Celebrations continue until January 29.
Where: Pacific Mall, 7600 Kennedy Road.
When: January 27, 10 pm 

 

LunarFest 2017
Canada’s Premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. Bringing together a festival of culture, art and life in one main stage.
Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street
When: February 4 and 5

 

Year of The Rooster: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra
 A festive program celebrating the year of the Rooster, running at approximately 2 hours.
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: February 4, 7:30 pm

 

With so much going on around the city, Toronto proves time and time again, why it is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Be sure to take part of the festivities and enjoy the year of the Rooster.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!