Last weekend, LunarFest 2017 returned to Toronto for the Lunar New Year celebration at Fort York and Metro Hall. Since 2017 is the year of Roosters, Lunarfest featured the exhibition of hundreds little roosters and the Rooster winter Olympic games as the major part of the event. In addition, visitors were also able to enjoy the music performed by the Toronto Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra and traditional Korean cultural dance. Families and children got a chance to participated in various craft activities at different booths.
Celebrations for the Lunar New Year are based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, usually in late January or early February each year. Besides China, Lunar New Year also plays a major role in countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Mongolia.