Ottawa's Chinatown (where Purple Urchin's shop is located) will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a traditional Lion Dance!
Lions invited by the Somerset Street Chinatown BIA will tour business to business to bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits. Join us for a great cultural experience and have a taste of the celebration of the 'Year of Dragon'!
When: Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 1:00-2:30pm
Where: Somerset Street West starting at Preston St. and finishing at Bay St.
Just what is Chinese New Year?
There's actually a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers, although these two pieces of tradition are integral and more visible, Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. In essence, Chinese New Year is 15 days of spending time with family, gift giving and, the all important, food-fest. The upcoming Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012, when we'll be ringing in the Year of the Dragon.
More Info: Here is a video of Shirley Fang from Chinatown Ottawa's BIA talking about this Saturday's Lion Dance on CTV Ottawa Morning Live!