February 5th, 2017 – Newmarket – To conclude with this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations, TD-FCCM and Keller Williams Realty Centres’ sales representative, Wasim Jarrah hosted their first celebratory festival at Newmarket Old Town Hall.

In celebration of the Year of the Rooster, the spectacular occasion featured a number of activities and displays for old and young alike to enjoy. The dazzling performances included a traditional lion dance, an eye-dotting ceremony, and a visit from the God of Fortune. The event also featured activity booths with fun paper crafts, games for visitors of all ages, face-painting and fai chun (a traditional decoration) for good luck, to name a few.

Hundreds of people gathered today at Old Town Hall for this festive Lunar celebration. Among the crowd was the Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), Dr. Ken Ng;  Mayor of Newmarket, Tony Van Bynen, Counsel General, People’s Republic of China, Xue Bing; Counsel General, Cambodia, Minister of Housing and Newmarket Aurora MPP, Chris Ballard, Newmarket Aurora MP, Kyle Peterson, Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor, John Taylor; YRP Acting Chief, Andre Crawford, Staff Sergeant, Alice Tsang, Constable, Sa Jiang, Inspector, Paulo Da Silva; Councillors, Christina Bisanz, Kelley Broome, Bob Kwapis, Dave Kerwin; Aurora Mayor Geoff Dawe; and Aurora Councillor, Harold Kim.

Dr. Ken Ng extended his warmest thanks to all those who supported or attended the celebration and wished everyone a happy Chinese New Year. This year’s event was organized in partnership with TD Canada Trust and Wasim Jarah, sales representative of Keller Williams Realty Centres. Other notable sponsors include Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant, PFAFF Newmarket, Audi, Cynthia and Paradise, Glenn Rodger Photography, Knight Image Photography and Stem Minds.
Federation of Chinese Canadians in York Region (FCCYR) grew from the prominent FCCM, being the organizers of many activities in York Region to help the integration of Chinese Canadians and foster intercultural friendship.

Newmarket has concluded the chapter of Chinese New Year events with more to come for next year’s Lunar Celebrations! Pictures of the event are posted on the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham’s Facebook page. Look out more events at www.fccm.ca or follow us on Twitter and don’t miss out on all the fun!

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