2022 Cultural Celebrations
Community Building is one of the two main pillars of our organization and events that bring us all together are our favourite way to do that! We were thrilled to be part of two big cultural events this year in partnership with the City of Toronto and the councillor's office. They were the Lunar New Year Celebration at Mel Lastman Square and the Nowruz Celebration at North York Centre!
Hundreds of neighbours celebrated the Year of the Rabbit with beautiful dance, drum, K-Pop and singing performances along with skating, crafts, and hot chocolate. The event concluded with a traditional lion dance. Our Executive Director Maria Speare joined Councillor Cheng and Trustee Pei for the eye dotting ceremony.
At the Nowruz Event in March, neighbours gathered at North York Centre to celebrate the Iranian New Year. The community enjoyed Persian Tea, calligraphy workshops, yoga classes, live music and dancing. After such a difficult year, seeing the Iranian community come together and share their traditions with the entire community was really powerful.
Honouring traditions and experiencing new cultures was a beautiful experience for all who participated in these two events!