You don’t need to be a dog fan to celebrate 2018, but it helps. As part of the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the dog. China’s entire population erupts in its 4,715th New Year’s celebration and, for the fifth year in a row, Montreal’s west end will be joining in the fun.
The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Community Council, in collaboration with the Chinese and Korean residents, is putting on a Lunar New Year celebration and everybody is invited. It will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 5 pm at the Monkland Community Center, located at 4410 West Hill Ave. The event is FREE to anybody and everybody.
The organizer of the event, Jing Bai, has been reaching out to merchants in Monkland Village and on Sherbrooke St. W. Ten Thousand Villages, Super Dollar, and Iris Florist are among those that have offered their support to this neighborhood event. At the same time, Bai has been busy coordinating volunteers and community workers as this event wouldn't be possible without so many people willing to help.
“In organizing this event with my colleagues, it has been a pleasure to see how multicultural, diverse and welcoming the NDG community is.” said Bai, a community outreach worker for the council.
“This event is a great way for NDG’s residents who celebrate Lunar New Year to show neighbors that they want to be involved in the social fabric of the community. People of all backgrounds are welcomed to come learn more about Chinese and Korean culture through food, games, performances and more. We all want to work and celebrate together, making our social ties stronger and more vibrant.”
“Participants will get a little passport to help them navigate all the different activities and shows throughout the day,” concluded Jing. “It will be tons of fun and we hope to see you all there.”
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—Jing Bai, Community Worker, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce