A guide to celebrating the Lunar New Year in Toronto this year

It’s time for Lunar New Year, the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendar. Toronto has a ton of ways to ring in the Year of the Tiger – a symbol of bravery, courage and strength.

From food to virtual events and more, there are so many ways you can ring in the beginning of the 15-day Spring Festival in Toronto.

Dragon Ball 2022

When: Saturday, Feb. 5

The benefit gala for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation is hosting a virtual celebration in support of culturally and language-appropriate care and services provided by Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. The experience includes a gourmet food experience with a specially curated menu from select restaurants and vendors across the city and spectacular online show.

Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham Program Broadcast

When: Feb. 5, 6 and 13

Tune into OMNI and Fairchild television station for a live broadcast featuring lion dances, martial arts, music and Feng Shui predictions.

Explore Yorkdale’s Lunar New Year Art Display

When: Now until Feb. 11

Swing by Yorkdale Mall and see the ornate, immersive display for yourself. The installation, located in front of Holt Renfrew, invites shoppers to ring in the season by symbolically crossing a gate into the New Year, inspired by the Year of the Tiger and the strength it represents, guiding you towards a powerful and promising year.

Toronto Chinese Folk Art Centre (TCFC) Musical Celebration

When: Feb. 4

The Toronto Chinese Folk Art Centre sets the stage for Chinese artists to shine and this year, you can watch a live stream of appearances from senior and youth artists singing in celebration of the traditional festival.

See the Yue Moon: Tiger with Wings Art Installation

When: Now until Feb. 28

The downtown Toronto Chinatown BIA has launched a Chinese lantern exhibition running from Jan. 21 to Feb. 28. Come by the 519 Dundas St. W. spot to see the outdoor lantern display led by artist Paddy Leung and artist assistant Meegan Lim, in partnership with Steps Public Art. There is also a virtual event on Feb. 5 featuring Lunar New Year rituals, a food demonstration and a Shaolin Kung Fu performance.

Lunar New Year Holt’s Café Afternoon Tea Pop-up

When: Now until Feb. 7

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Hot’s Café is offering themed afternoon tea. The Café’s esteemed chefs have built a sweet and savoury menu, matching Asian flavours with local produce, for an exceptional tea experience. You can also order the afternoon tea for take-out from Holt’s Bloor Street and Yorkdale locations. Want something heartier? These Toronto restaurants are also offering delicious deals for an authentic Lunar New Year feast: Hong Shing, Alma, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Congee Queen, Shangri-La Hotel and Yueh Tung Restaurant.

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