The events during Chinese New years literally run back-to-back with community leaders and politicians clamouring to make an appearance. This year will be no different, as the federal elections are upon us and this every candidates chance to connect with the minority-majority.

In addition to numerous private events taking place, there will also be well attended public gatherings, in anticipation of Feb. 5. The celebration will be the Year of the Pig, bringing Year of the Dog to an end with decorations already going up around town.

The Federation of Chinese Canadians of Markham (FCCM) is partnering with TD bank to deliver a variety of community events. These include a countdown with Hong Kong TVB star, Alan Tam Feb. 4 at Pacific Mall continuing into a Feb. 5 performance.

The City of Markham and Canada Post are teaming up with FCCM and TD bank to hold their own celebrations Feb. 10. Other venues expected to take part in public displays of Chinese folk and lion dances, calligraphy and music include King Square Shopping Centre Feb. 2 and the Varley Art Gallery Feb. 16-17.

The Markham Public Library is also hosting events at their Cornell (Jan. 28) and Milliken Mills (Feb. 3) branches . It is important to note that the former event is catered specifically to seniors and the latter all ages with arts, crafts and games.

And don’t forget the CF Markville Lunar New Year celebrations set for Feb. 9 at 12:30 pm. Purdy’s is sponsoring the event, so hopefully there will be lots of free chocolate!

Also on the roster is a lion dance, traditional music performances, live painting and the famous Chinese red lanterns already adoring centre centre court.

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