2015 Toronto Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration Toronto, Ontario – February 5th, 2015 – Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (Chinatown BIA) will be hosting the annual Toronto Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration on February 21st and 22nd, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm at both Chinatown Centre (222 Spadina Ave) and Dragon City Mall (280 Spadina Ave). The Celebration will attract approximately 10,000 people over the two days.
2015 is the year of the Ram. The Ram is a symbol of warmth, prosperity and gentleness. To celebrate the year of the Ram, there will be lots of traditional Chinese New Year décor, such as lanterns, red and gold linens, and Chinese New Year flowers. There will be different craft centers featuring Chinese origami, Ram crown making, and Chinese calligraphy. Also, the Toronto Zoo will be present with their Panda Mascot to wish everyone a happy New Year. These engaging activities will give the attendees an unforgettable experience.
The purpose of the Celebration is to gather the Chinese community to celebrate the New Year together. It is also an opportunity to introduce the Chinese tradition to other cultures in Toronto.
The Opening Ceremonies for the Chinese New Year Celebration will begin at Dragon City Mall at 12:00 noon on February 21st, 2015, and will then proceed to Chinatown Centre at 1:00pm for the second Opening Ceremony. Many dignitaries from the 3-levels of government, the Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China, corporate sponsors and community partners will be invited to the Opening Ceremonies. As part of the Opening Ceremonies, there will be lion dance performance and performance by Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship YORK Band.
Directly following the Opening Ceremonies will be various traditional Chinese performances, such as martial art demonstrations, Chinese folk dance, and Chinese operas. Also, the God of Prosperity will be handing out red lucky envelopes to the attendees and wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
During the Celebration, there will be a free Lucky Draw for the attendees with prizes sponsored by the Toronto Zoo, Royal Ontario Museum, Dim Sum City and Toronto Qigong.
Steven Pho and Walker Kwok, Co-Chairs of the event, said, “The Chinese New Year is one of the most important days for the Chinese people. Our families and friends from all over will gather together and celebrate this special day.”
Tony Yu, Chair of the Chinatown BIA, said, “For the start of the Chinese New Year, we hope to see everyone gather in Chinatown to celebrate such a joyous occasion!”