Chinese New Year events to attend this year

Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 5 this year and will celebrate the Year of the Pig. With the annual celebration just around the corner, there are many events taking place around the city.

One of the headlining events is the Chinese New Year festival taking place at Pacific Mall. The Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham, commonly known as FCCM, will be teaming up with TD Bank to showcase a variety of activities and entertainment. The festival starts on Feb. 4 where guests can countdown to the new year with Hong Kong TVB star Alan Tam in the Pacific Mall main court. The celebration will continue on Feb. 5 with Alan Tam putting on a special performance for all attendees. The festival will wrap up on Feb. 9 with more Chinese New Year activities and entertainment.

On Feb. 10, FCCM will be hosting an event with the City of Markham, TD Bank, and Canada Post at the Markham Civic Centre. Guests can expect entertainment such as Chinese folk dances, a lion dance performance, Chinese calligraphy, and traditional music.

There will also be performances at the King Square Shopping Centre, Canada’s newest Chinese shopping mall. The event will take place on Feb. 2 and will have activities and entertainment for all ages.

Over at the Varley Art Gallery, the FCCM will collaborate with the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, from Feb.16-17, to teach the community about the history of art in the Qing Dynasty. There will also be an Arch of Blessings installment which will feature different sounds and music from the Chinese culture and a money bath to give its occupants good fortune. Another activity at the Varley Art Gallery is the make-your-own pig lanterns.

Finally, the local library is featuring tons of activities to celebrate the new year. On Jan. 28, the Cornell Community Centre and Library will be hosting a social event for senior newcomers. On Feb. 3, the Milliken Mills Library will have games and crafts throughout the day for all ages.







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