Celebrating Chinese New Year in the North 

Chinese New Year will be held on January 25, 2020 and will mark the start of the new year according to the Chinese calendar, with each year being represented with an animal. 2020 is the year of the Rat which signifies the beginning of a new day. In Chinese culture, the rat is also a sign of wealth.

Chinese New Year can be celebrated in a number of different ways. Families and friends spend quality time with a special home cooked dinner. Red envelopes are given to children and teenagers often filled with money to represent luck and positivity.  Recently an app was created so that teenagers can receive money from loved ones on their mobile phones!

Below are a list of events happening in Northern Ontario you can celebrate Chinese New Year with friends and family!


Happy Chinese New Years at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 564
January 18, 2020
6:30pm – 11:00pm


Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Timmins Public Library
January 18, 2020
2:00pm – 4:00pm 

North Bay

Lunar New Year 2020 at Canadore College
January 23, 2020
6:00 – 8:30pm

Thunder Bay 

Chinese New Year Gala hosted by the Thunder Bay Chinese – Canadian Association
Da Vinci Centre, 340 Waterloo Street South, Thunder Bay
January 25, 2020
5:00pm – 1:00am

Sault Ste. Marie

The Rat’s Soiree; Music and Munchies
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library North Branch
January 23, 2020
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Check out your college’s Student Association for events happening at your school, or you and your friends can get together to have your own celebration for Chinese New Year!

Tweet us at @StudyNorth if you know of any other ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year on campus. Happy Chinese New Year!