Grandparents and community members helped students at Unionville Meadows Public School in Markham celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional song and dance routines.
Lunar New Year marks the start of the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar and is celebrated by millions of people across the globe, making it one of the world’s most widespread celebrations.
The holiday begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and concludes during the full moon that occurs 15 days later. Because of its reliance on the lunar phases, the festival falls on different days each year.
Similarly, a rotating cast of 12 zodiac animals are celebrated in accordance with the holiday, with one animal symbolizing a single year. This year, the festival began on Feb. 5 and ends on Feb. 19. It is now the Year of the Pig, which is supposed to be a good year to make money and invest.
Photo courtesy of the York Region District School Board.