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First Day Chinese New Year

January 23, 2012 all-day

The beginning of the Year of the Dragon. This is the first day of the most important Chinese holiday. In many places, it is celebrated for three days. It is a time for visits with family and friends. Lions dance in many Chinese restaurants and in Toronto’s several Chinatowns. Celebrants can watch free cultural performances. The biggest mall is Pacific Mall, 4300 Steeles Avenue East, Markham. It is open today.

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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.

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