Mon­treal ready to ring in New Year

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto

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.”

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