For most of us, the new year celebrations are long gone. However the time for the second annual hurrah is upon us, with the Chinese New Year happening this weekend.

You might not know this, but the Chinese New Year actually doesn’t have a set date. In fact, the yearly rest ranges from January 21st to February 20th on any given year. That’s why in 2019, the event took place on February 5th.

This time around, the Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 25th, and this will be the year of the rat. The last year of the rat was 2008, and these particular cycles are associated with reproduction and wealth, so perhaps this will be the year you strike it rich and have some kids. If you wanna learn all about the year of the rat, read it here on the Chinese New Year website.

There is no shortage of exciting events happening across the world to ring in the Chinese New Year, and it’s a great way to celebrate Chinese culture. Perhaps the biggest Chinese New Year event in Mississauga takes place at the Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto. Despite the name, the temple is actually located at 6525 Millcreek Drive, and it’s hosting celebratory events from the 24th through the 26th, the schedule for which is below.

Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto
2019 Chinese New Year Festival Activities:

Lunar New Year Fair

Jan 24, 2020 (Fri) 1:00pm – Jan 25, 2020 (Sat) 1:00am

Jan 25, 2020 (Sat) 11:00am–3:00pm

Chinese New Year’s Eve Chanting Service 

Jan 24, 2020 (Fri) 8:00pm–9:30pm

New Year’s First Incense Offering

Jan 24, 2020 (Fri) 10:30pm – Jan 25, 2020 (Sat) 1:00am

Ringing Of Peace Bell

Jan 24, 2020 (Fri) 11:00pm – Jan 25, 2020 (Sat) 1:00am

Chinese New Year’s Chanting Service

Jan 25, 2020 (Sat) 10:00am–12:30pm

Jan 26, 2020 (Sun) 10:00am–12:30pm

You can learn more about the events at Fo Guang Shan Temple here. And we’ll end with a word from someone special.

“Every Journey in this World is a Path to Happiness” is a Chinese New Year message for the Year of the Rat 2020 from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan.