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Lois Liu and Emma Huang, event organizers
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Bringing in the 2012 Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The Chinese Cultural Association of Regional Niagara in conjunction with Brock University Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Families with Children from China of Niagara and Confucius Institute, celebrated the 2012 year of the Dragon. The celebration held at the Merritton Community Centre on January 21 was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honour of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. The gala event began with a traditional Chinese dinner, followed by a lion dance, fashion show and performances by various dance groups. To all the Niagara Region Chinese Communities “Kung Hei Fat Choy."

Photos by Chester Murawski

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