Lunar/Chinese New Year 2011

Mississauga, ON: February 2, 2011 – Coming home for Chinese New Year is the cause of the single largest annual human migration on the planet as around 700 million Chinese return to their homes to spend time with their families for the holiday period.

For many in Mississauga and the GTA, the Fo Guang Shan temple on Millcreek Drive was the place to “come home” to for Chinese New Year.

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Mayor Hazel McCallion applauds the lions from the All Masters Lion Dance Association

Mayor Hazel McCallion applauds the lions from the All Masters Lion Dance Association

Kuo-jan Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto offers incense to Buddha.

Kuo-jan Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto offers incense to Buddha.

A sea of people offer incense to Buddha. Some came for the religious aspect, but others came simply to celebrate with the community.

A sea of people offer incense to Buddha. Some came for the religious aspect, but others came simply to celebrate with the community.

Temple Abbess Chueh Chu and guest Kuo-jan Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Toronto applaud the lions.

Temple Abbess Chueh Chu and guest Kuo-jan Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Toronto applaud the lions.

Daniel Yuen, 4, reacts after feeding the lion some lucky money.

Daniel Yuen, 4, reacts after feeding the lion some lucky money.

A man rings the peace bell. The bell should be struck with considerable force and energy to ring in the new year.

A man rings the peace bell. The bell should be struck with considerable force and energy to ring in the new year.

The God of Fortune distributes candy.

The God of Fortune distributes candy.

Buddha's Light International Association of Toronto president Ken Choi, Mayor Hazel McCallion, and temple Abbess Chueh Chu gather around the mayor's birthday cake as they sang Happy Birthday to her.

Buddha's Light International Association of Toronto president Ken Choi, Mayor Hazel McCallion, and temple Abbess Chueh Chu gather around the mayor's birthday cake as they sang Happy Birthday to her. The mayor celebrates her 90th birthday this month.

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