The year of the Dog came on Feb 16th. Toronto Mandarin School held various events to celebrate the lunar new year with families and friends.
At the weekend school, more than 600 people attended the event on Saturday, Feb 10. The theme of the year is called “The Carnival of the Dog Year”. The crowd was wowed by the students’ performance and the traditional lion dance. This year we also invited students and staff from different site and perform on our stage. 14 market stands were beautifully decorated some were teaching students make dumplings and do Chinese brush painting and some were selling New Year items, home-made food, candies, fruits, fresh flowers and art & crafts. There was also a playing station for preschool children with fun interactive games. Many staff, students and parents dressed up in traditional clothing and made such a festive scene.
Children at four preschool sites（JINGBAO Bilingual Children’s Center) all dressed up in beautiful festive colors, performed songs and dances for the parents and guests.
Students from our Adult Training Center threw a big Spring Festival party on Friday, February 3. We learned how to make dumplings from the scratch. Everyone received a red envelope for good fortune in the new year.