Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. It is the most important Chinese holiday. This New Year is also celebrated in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, etc.
In 2014, this is the first day of the Year of the Horse, which is said to be a time of high energy and unexpected adventures. Each year is dominated by a different animal, a 12 year cycle.
Chinese New Year in many countries is celebrated for three days. It is a time for visits with family and friends, banqueting and new clothes, and paying off debts. Lions and dragons dance in many Chinese restaurants and in Toronto’s several Chinatowns bringing good luck. Celebrants can watch free cultural performances in many Chinese malls. The biggest mall is Pacific Mall, 4300 Steeles Avenue East, Markham. It is open today.
Other Chinese areas are Gerrard and Broadview, Mississauga Chinatown (Dundas Street west of Dixie Road), and Spadina and Dundas downtown. Richmond Hill and Markham seems to have almost wall-to-wall Chinese malls.
For our blog on celebrating the New Year: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2014/01/19/445-chinese-new-year-2014/
Our Blog on celebrating Chinese New Year: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2013/01/29/351-chinese-lunar-new-year-2013-events-in-toronto/
Traditionally, the New Year activities end on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival which is on February 14 this year.
For list of Chinese New Year events in Markham: http://www.guidingstar.ca/Chinese_New_Year_Celebrations.htm