On February 12, I hosted the virtual Lunar New Year celebration at the City of Vaughan! Lunar New Year is a vibrant cultural holiday that commemorates the beginning of a new Asian calendar in late January or early February every year. This 15-day festivity is observed with a variety of traditions, including thoroughly cleaning one’s house to bring good luck and exchanging red money envelopes to encourage prosperity. It is a time to welcome new beginnings, good fortune and overall well-being.
Those who joined the virtual event helped the Mayor and I to welcome in the Year of the Ox, and enjoyed highlights from past events including the traditional Lion Dance.
Although this year’s festivity was held virtually due to the pandemic, I want to thank you all for coming together to celebrate this very important holiday in Asian culture. The City of Vaughan is known for welcoming diversity in backgrounds, languages and events, and strengthening the sense of belonging for everybody in the community.
Year of the Ox!
The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.
The Year of the Ox will be a year of endurance. It’s no longer just about survival but about anchoring ourselves and concretizing our dreams. Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.
Lucky numbers for people born in the year of the Ox include one, four and lucky colours include white, green and yellow.