Chinese New Year 2012 Celebration The Year Of the Dragon, Scarborough Town Centre
The Scarborough Town Centre invited families and the community to ring in the Chinese New Year 2012 with celebrations January 21 and 22, 2012 in Centre Court. This is the Year of the Dragon, an enthusiastic and fun-loving sign. This annual Chinese New Year event offered a lineup of cultural activities and traditional performances, and is one of the most popular festivities of its kind in the GTA.
This video highlights some of the free educational events which were hosted in both Chinese and English, including the crowd-pleasing thunder drums, traditional eye-dotting ceremony, lion dance parade, dragon dance and performances by various groups.
Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the God of Fortune, thought to spread luck and wealth. He gave fortunate shoppers and interactive game winners Li Si envelopes ("lucky money"). Participating VIPs included Scarborough councillors as well as notable community members.
Red, symbolizing fire, is the colour of Chinese New Year. Chinese custom encourages participants to wear red clothing and to treat themselves and their loved ones to new red items, all as a token of luck in the new year.
Happy Chinese New Year and Kung Hay Fat Choy!