Sunday, February 02, 2014

Chinese New Year #Toronto 2014

Chinatown welcomed the Year of the Horse with celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year with traditional Lion Dances along Spadina and Dundas streets. Gung Hei Fat Choy!
The Lunar New Year began on Friday, January 31 and ends with a Lantern Festival on the 14th of February. In Toronto's Chinatown, the BIA launched activities with an opening ceremony on Saturday of the Feb 1-2 weekend as the annual festival continues with family entertainment such as Martial Arts Demonstrations, Chinese Dance and Opera.

Saturday's snow storm might have thrown a dragon wrench into the celebrations but Sunday was perfect for dancing lions. A lot of the activities happened indoors at the Chinatown Centre at 222 Spadina Avenue and the Dragon City Mall at 280 Spadina Avenue from noon until 5 pm. The Chinese Freemasons of Canada and the Chinatown BIA provided the Lion Dance.

Posted by James Hamilton and Joe Hamilton. See more of the Lion Dance after the jump.

The troupe moves from store to store in Chinatown doing a dance for good luck and fortune in return for red envelopes filled with money.

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