Most Torontonians celebrate New Year's Eve on the last day of December and New Year's Day on the first day of January. But a few weeks later, some other residents celebrate the passing of another year - and the defeat of a monster named Nian - with a fifteen day festival. The Chinese New Year is an important holiday in China, so it's not surprising that many people continue to celebrate it in a multicultural city like Toronto.
When is the Chinese New Year?
Because the Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, when it falls on the Gregorian calendar changes from year to year. Usually, Chinese New Year celebrations take place in either January or February, or sometimes spread across both months.
In 2013, the Chinese New Year begins on February 10, which will start another Year of the Snake.
2013 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Toronto
The weekend before the Chinese New Year, the Royal Ontario Museum is celebrating Chinese culture with live music and dancing, traditional tea tastings, brush painting & calligraphy demonstrations, a Giant Panda photo exhibit, short films, and more.
Visit Harbourfront Centre for a free weekend celebration which will include a Lantern Jungle, a Dumpling Fest, lion dances, live music, and more.
Combining celebrations for the Chinese New Year with Valentine's Day, kids aged 4-12 who bring a Valentine's Day card for their favourite snake can receive half price admission* to the Toronto Zoo this weekend! The zoo's giant panda mascots will also be on hand for photo opportunities.
*Some conditions apply, see website for details.
Scarborough Town Centre celebrates the Year of the Snake with an afternoon of drumming, dancing and more.
Located in Woodbridge, most of the programming at the Kortright Centre for Conservation focuses on nature and the environment. So it's not surprising that Kortright is celebrating the Year of the Snake by celebrating snakes! Scales Nature Park will be at the centre with a live animal exhibit.
Acrobats and dancers perform live in front of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra.