Lunar New Year is a very special time for my family and I. It’s a time to gather with loved ones and enjoy festivities and yummy food!
One of the iconic foods for the new year are dumplings because they bring prosperity. Every year, we make dumplings by hand. This involves making the wrappers and meat filling from scratch and then folding them into little boat shapes. It usually takes hours of labour but it is very fun and rewarding! My grandma, mom, and I would always watch the Lunar New Year TV specials while making hundreds of dumplings. We could never manage to eat all of the dumplings, so we would freeze some for later.
Of course, it’s not a Lunar New Year without some red envelopes!! This is probably the most exciting part for the kids. They would say well wishes to their elders and receive a red envelope in exchange. It was believed that the money in the envelopes would ward away evil spirits and keep the children healthy.
The part I dread about Lunar New Year is having to clean the house. This HAS to be done before the new year. A clean house means you are embracing the new year. One of the biggest superstitions is that you cannot sweep the dirt near the front door. Sweeping away this dirt means that you are sweeping away good fortune… and no one would want that!! So the dirt is swept up and carried to the back door for disposal.
Most importantly, if you’re not wearing red then you are doing it wrong! Wearing red is a symbol of good luck and it is believed that wearing red will scare away spirits of bad fortune. I don’t have a lot of red clothes in my wardrobe (as evident in my Instagram feed, haha) so I headed over to CF Fairview Mall to pick up some new red clothes! Wearing new clothes is also very important because it symbolizes a new start and hopes for the new year.
CF Fairview Mall is celebrating the year of the Rooster with festive events and decor. It’s the perfect opportunity for the community to gather and honour cultural traditions. To help shoppers celebrate Lunar New Year traditions, CF Fairview Mall (1800 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, ON M2J 5A7) will be hosting in-property events for everyone on Saturday, January 28th from 11:30AM – 12:00 PM at the Lower Level Court.
CF Fairview Mall’s festivities include eye-catching decor highlighting cultural elements, including stunning large-scale lantern displays. There will also be a Choy Cheung (Eye Dotting Ceremony), which will kick off the Lion Dance. This ceremony brings the lion to life as the eyes are officially dotted onto the new lion costumes and signals the start of the Lion Dance. This dance involves performers dressed as a lion and they mimic the lion’s movements. This is a long-standing Chinese tradition that is intended to bring energy and good luck, prosperity, and happiness.
Customers who purchase a $100 CF SHOP! Card at Guest Services from January 13 to February 10 will be surprised with a custom CF packet of 10 Lucky Red pockets (while supplies last) to pass along in good fortune to their friends and family. Shoppers are encouraged to share their CF Lunar New Year experiences on social media using #CFLunarNewYear or #新年快樂 #恭禧發財 for a chance to receive a CF SHOP! Card prize.
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