Vaughan Celebrates Diversity [GALLERY]

Chinese New Year Event Welcomes Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year is one of the most significant holidays in Asian culture as it brings the community together to bid farewell to the year that has passed and to welcome in the New Year ahead.

“The City of Vaughan is blessed with a diverse and multicultural population and we are proud to observe this joyous occasion in honour of our Chinese community and the positive influence it has in Vaughan and across Canada,” said Maurizio Bevilacqua.

With more than 315,000 citizens and 99 languages spoken, the City of Vaughan is a vibrant, multicultural community that celebrates diversity through festivals and events such as Chinese New Year. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council joined residents and guests at Vaughan City Hall on Feb. 15 to usher in the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Sheep.

“I am proud to be a part of the rich diversity that makes up our great city, and the Chinese New Year is one of many multicultural festivities that we celebrate in Vaughan,” said Ward 4 Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco.

Organized in partnership with the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Vaughan (FCCV) and presented by PowerStream, the event began with a traditional lion dance and eye-dotting ceremony. It also featured a traditional Lao dance, a Shaolin martial arts performance and a number of interactive activities for the whole family.

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