Welcoming the Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year is a time to reflect on our past accomplishments and look forward to the year ahead as family and friends gather to celebrate old and new traditions. For me, it is a special occasion because I have the opportunity to spend quality time with my family as well as the Vaughan community.

Join us for a special event on Jan. 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Vaughan City Hall to welcome in the Year of the Rooster. Held in partnership with the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Vaughan (FCCV), there will be cultural performances, calligraphy, activities and refreshments.

The rooster is the tenth of the 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac. In China, the rooster is an important symbol said to fend off evil spirits. The rooster also represents the virtues of civil responsibility, courage, kindness and confidence. People born in a Year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. They are also confident, talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest and loyal. If you were born in a Year of the Rooster, your lucky numbers are five, seven and eight, your lucky colours are gold, brown and yellow and your lucky days are the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month.

Vaughan’s strength lies in its diversity and the many opportunities to learn and experience different cultures. Not only is this event a great way for families of all backgrounds to celebrate Asian heritage, but it’s an opportunity to celebrate our nation’s history and honour our heritage. This year, a booth will be set up to provide residents with information on getting involved in events and initiatives throughout the year in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Let’s all come together to participate, celebrate and share our civic pride.

It makes me proud to see everyone come out to support, embrace and learn more about the cultures that make up our vibrant city. I wish everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster!

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco

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