Highlights of this year’s event include receiving lucky red packets from the God of Fortune (a Councillor in disguise), the opportunity to dress up in ancient Chinese Emperor and Empress costumes for photos (for a fee) and many more. Guests will also be entertained by various song and dance performances.
Proceeds from ticket sales will raise much-needed funds for the arts through the Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts. The Fund will contribute to the arts in Richmond Hill by providing local arts groups and individual artists with the opportunity to apply for grants to sponsor programs and performances. Limited tickets for the event are still available on the Town’s Website at www.richmondhill.ca through the online box office and are priced at $48 per person for community tickets and $88 per person for corporate tickets.
The Mayor’s Celebration of the Chinese New Year is one of several special cultural events which the Town organizes annually. Other events include: Nowruz (Persian New Year) and Diwali (Indian Festival of Lights) celebrations to honour the diverse mosaic of the Town’s community.