2016 Canada Dry CNY Celebrations
2016 Canada Dry鼓舞激揚
Event Highlights 精彩活動:
Citizenship Ceremony 公民進行宣誓儀式
- February 5, 2016 at 10:30am
- 100 new Canadians will be sworn in
Opening Ceremony 開幕典禮
- February 5, 2016 at 12:30pm
- At Main Stage with Lion Dance
Cultural Drumming Showcase 全城‘激’鼓表演賽
- February 7, 2016 at 1:00pm
Lucky Draws 幸運抽獎
- Free hourly lucky draw with 100 prizes to giveaway
Multi-cultural performances on Main Stage 在中央舞台舉行多元文化表演
God of Fortune 財神派利是
Chinese Calligraphy 中國書法
What is Chinese New Year?
With more than 4,000 years of history, the Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival) is the most significant festival in the Chinese culture. Much like Christmas, it is a time for gatherings, new resolutions, new start and festive dishes.
According to legends, there was a monster named Nian who would come to the villages on the first day of the New Year to feast on livestock, crops and even villagers. To protect themselves from the monster, the villagers would prepare food as offerings. Once the monster received the food, it would no longer bring harm to the village. However, it was believed that Nian was afraid of loud noises and the colour red. Therefore, the villagers would decorate the village with red decorations and have lion dances with firecrackers to ward off the monster and bring prosperity and good fortune to the village. And thus, these became a tradition where it is believed that for Chinese New Year, red decorations, lion dancing and firecrackers will bring good fortune to the people.
Chinese New Year Celebrations at Market Village
Located at the northeast corner of Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue, Market Village is one of the largest Asian shopping centres in North America. A landmark venue since its initial development in the early 90s, Market Village offers 300,000+ sq. ft. of retail space and ample free parking. It is the preferred destination for shopping and dining for the Chinese community and people across the GTA.
Its accessibility and open layout makes it the ideal venue for the Canada Dry CNY Celebrations.