Before this most important three-day holiday, conservative Chinese try to pay their debts. On the day itself, they visit their families and friends, and wear new clothes. Many eat only vegetarian food. Some believe that cleaning their homes sweeps away good luck. Many give “lucky money” to children, the unmarried, and servants. Lions dance in Chinese restaurants, and in Toronto’s several Chinatowns, merchants feed this mythical animal cash and lettuce. Celebrants can watch free cultural performances. Lots of red and gold decorations brighten up Chinese businesses. The biggest mall is Pacific Mall, 4300 Steeles Avenue East, Markham. more info
Other other Chinese areas are Gerrard and Broadview, Mississauga Chinatown (Dundas Street west of Dixie Road), and Spadina and Dundas downtown. Richmond Hill and Markham are almost wall-to-wall Chinese malls.