Montreal ready to ring in New Year
From colourful lanterns adorning the Montreal downtown to the annual dragon and lion dances in Chinatown, Montreal will be ringing in the Year of the Rooster in different ways all over the city. Plans were announced at a press conference on Tuesday for the First Celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival in Chinatown.
“On June 1, 2016, Chinese New Year was officially recognized as a holiday by the Parliament of Canada. Now we are organizing a series of celebrations around Montreal for the coming holiday,” said Sun Ruijuan, one of the organizers.
“For the first time, more than 60 Chinese communities will come together to create this wonderful event, which will certainly be a milestone in the Chinese community’s history,” Sun added.
Chinese New Year 2017 starts on Jan 28. The celebration will kick off with a grand opening followed by a series of activities right up until Feb 11, featuring performances by artists from China and local art troupes.
“Montreal is the most diverse city in Canada. The series of ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ activities will share Chinese culture and art with local people, promote mutual understanding and friendship among everyone,” said Shan Chenglin, Chinese consul in Montreal.
Canada is a multicultural country and the Chinese culture has been greatly recognized in the country. Today Chinese Canadians make up 4.5 percent of the nation’s population. They have played an important role in Canada’s development since the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway 135 years ago.
For the first time, more than 60 Chinese communities will come together to create this wonderful event.”