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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Windsor Chinese-Canadian community celebrates Year of the Rooster

The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen

Good things are hatching for this weekend and beyond as Windsor’s Chinese-Canadian community prepares to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

On Sunday, the Essex County Chinese Canadian Association will host free Lunar New Year festivities at Devonshire Mall (3100 Howard Ave.).

Lunar New Year for 2017 officially begins Jan. 28. It’s the most festive occasion in Chinese culture, marked by wishes for good fortune, gift-giving, feasting, and — most of all — family.

This year’s animal sign in accordance with the Chinese Zodiac is the Rooster. People born under this sign are said to be organized, opinionated, punctual and brutally honest. 

Are you a Rooster? Check your year of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005.

 

Chinese superstition advises that Roosters should be careful during their own year.

In terms of relationships, Roosters are supposedly most compatible with Dragons, Oxen and Snakes — but least compatible with Rats, Monkeys and other Roosters.

The ECCCA celebration on Sunday will take place noon to 4 p.m. inside the mall in front of The Bay.

Festivities will begin with a dragon dance, followed by cultural demonstrations including folk dancing, kung fu, tai chi, traditional musical performances and calligraphy.

The God of Fortune will hand out lucky envelopes for kids, and Chinese snacks will be available for purchase.

Visit www.eccca.net for more information.

For those who want more of a sit-down dinner celebration, the Chinese Association of Greater Windsor is holding a gala event on Saturday at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts (201 Riverside Dr. W.).

The banquet will take place in the Skyline Hall at 4:30 p.m., followed by cultural performances in the Chrysler Theatre at 7 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy a sumptuous 10-course meal, along with live entertainment in Chinese costume and splendour.

Tickets for dinner and the show are $70 for non-CAGW members. Tickets for just the show are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children 12 and under.

Visit www.cagw.ca to order tickets online, or buy them in person at the MultiFood Supermarket (799 Crawford Ave.).

Can’t make it to either celebration? There’s also the ECCCA’s banquet dinner for seniors and families on Feb. 5 at Jade Chinese Cuisine (157 Wyandotte St. W.).

Reception begins 6 p.m. Dinner will be served 6:30 p.m.

There’ll be door prizes, a 50/50 draw, karaoke, and dancing.

Admission is $40 for non-members, $15 for kids under 12.

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