Milton was filled with the sounds of celebration at the annual Lunar New Year Festival, held at Milton Mall on February 24th.
In China, the Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year and marks the arrival of spring. In Milton, we are fortunate to have the support of the Milton Chinese Association and Independent Living Halton to bring this high energy event to the community.
The day started off with a special celebration of the Year of the Dog by the Milton Monkeys Kids’ Club and continued with the official Eye Dotting Ceremony performed by MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Regional Chair Carr, Mayor Krantz and John Beaudette. As professionals from the Milton’s own International Fu Style Ti Chi came to life to the sound of the drums, performers from the Milton Chinese Arts Association entertained the crowd with traditional dances presented by locally based adults and children. An organizer from the festival noted that “This is an excellent opportunity for us to share the highlights of our culture and traditions with all Miltonians and we welcome the chance to perform.”
Now in its’ twelfth year, the event was started by Independent Living Halton with the goal of raising awareness about their organization. Independent Living Halton runs Deborah’s home, a residence that allows those with disabilities to be engaged and involved in the community. Although backed by the Ontario Government, they only receive funding for the basic daily needs of residents, and any additional services or improvements to Deborah’s Home must come through fundraising. During the Festival, retailers and attendees made donations which went to support these projects.
Kung hei fat choy!
Photos by: David Brechin