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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Holt Renfrew Celebrates Lunar New Year - Year of the Rooster

Calligraphy Master ...
The wonderful thing about living in a diverse city like Toronto, is that you have the privilege of experiencing a touch of the celebrations of other cultures from around the world. And Holt Renfrew Bloor Street store held nothing back, once again bringing us Lunar New Year celebrations. 

The Master Calligrapher was back, creating a scroll of new year's wishes of your choice. It really is magical to see him at work. Each scroll is truly a work of art.
Tea Sampling 
I missed this display last year and was thrilled to be able to meet these wonderful ladies from the Chinese Tea Culture Canada. Along with some wonderful sampling of tea, there were some beautiful tea ware pieces - that took my breath away. As someone who takes the time to have a cup of tea each day, this was definitely a high light for me. 

Awakening the Lion
The Lion is a symbol of power, wisdom, good fortune; chases away evil spirits, brings happiness, longevity and good luck. Part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years, the lion dance is performed on auspicious occasions such as weddings, store openings, and various festivals and celebrations.
The Lion Dance was absolutely a high light for all in attendance... the music, the lion dance, and the lettuce! Yes, you read correctly ... lettuce ... I was told in Chinese the word for lettuce sounds similar to the word for wealth. The lion eats the wealth and spits it back to the audience to give them prosperity.

Peek of the Lion Dance ... enjoy

After their dance the lions went off to chase away any bad spirits from the store and attendees were treated to a red envelope. In Chinese culture red symbolizes good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits.
Wishing Tree...
Attendees were given the opportunity to write a wish and hang it on the wishing tree. Once you hung your wish, you were treated to a beautiful Fete Chinoise Fortune Flower by Palettera. A unique message is printed on the back of each flower.
Chance to score your own beautiful Fortune Flower

The lovely ladies from Fete Chinoise, shared a couple extra Fortune Flowers with me again this year.  These are great for book marks and as a token of good fortune for the year ahead. .
The Magnolia Wish Tree is still on display at Holt Renfrew .
If you missed this amazing event ... mark your calendars for next year!!

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