Toronto warmly welcomes Chinese Lunar New Year
The past year has been a productive one for China-Canada relations, according to the consul general in Toronto, and that was cause for celebration even as the Lunar New Year approached.
The air was filled with Chinese music and cheerful chatting and greetings, hundreds of guests gathered at the convention centre in Richmond Hill to celebrate on Lunar New Year’s Eve. festival for Chinese worldwide, the Lunar Chinese New Year-Spring Festival this year was acknowledged by Parliament.
Xue proposed a toast to a long-lasting friendship, with shouts of joy from the crowd.
John McCallum, nominated to be the new Canadian ambassador to China, sent his greetings, as did other members of Parliament.
“I wish everybody a very happy Year of the Rooster,” said McCallum. “My wife and I are very much looking forward to this exciting job in which we will work very hard to strengthen the ties between Canada and China.”
Tolling the bell and attending services at Cham Shan Temple on Lunar New Year’s Eve is a big event for ChineseCanadians in Toronto. Each year, thousands of people gather there to celebrate, among them government officials in Canada and representatives from Chinese the community.
Ahmed D. Hussen, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, along with McCallum rang the peace bell, with a blessing by Ven. Sing Hung and Ven. Dayi Shi.
On Lunar New Year’s Day, the 28th Dragon Ball, a fundraising gala hosted by the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, was held in downtown Toronto. As the first major “Canada 150” celebration in the Chinese New Year, the event attracted some 1,100 guests, including political, business and community leaders.
“I have the highest confidence in the bilateral relationship between Canada and China,” Joe Clark, former Canadian prime minister.