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Gift an Upper Canada gift card this Lunar New Year

Upper Canada has partnered with the North Toronto Chinese Alliance Church to celebrate Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger.

North Toronto Chinese Alliance Church (NTCAC) is a member church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. Currently, there are three separate adult Sunday services (Cantonese, English, and Mandarin) with a total attendance of over 500. The NTCAC has a dedicated pastoral staff team of 8 members serving in five ministry areas: Cantonese Ministry, English Ministry, Mandarin Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Church Ministry.

The NTCAC is located at 11221 Bayview Avenue Richmond Hill, Ontario, and all are welcome!

Traditional Lunar New Year Celebrations

Introduction to Lunar New Year | 細說古今新春語

Tiger Balloon Twisting | 細說古今新春語

Chinese Fai Chun Calligraphy | 大筆一揮慶新年

DIY Red Envelopes Lantern | 大紅燈籠高高掛

Family Lion Dance | 萬象更新賀虎年

Originated from ancient zoolatry and boasting a history of more than 2,000 years, the Chinese zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao or Shu Xiang, plays an essential role in Chinese culture.

It features 12 animal signs in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, and are not only used to represent years in China but also believed to influence people’s personalities, career, compatibility, marriage, and fortune. Each animal has its own natural features and living habits, which directly reflect the behaviors of people born in different years.

Click on the animal sign that aligns with your birth year on the floor decal to discover what your animal tells you about yourself!

Rat – (shǔ)

Where there are people, there are rats. The rats have strong adaptability and survival ability. For people born in the Year of the Rat, they are vigorous and able to adapt themselves to different circumstances. Being smart and hardworking, they set clear goals in career and life, and have an indomitable will to realize them step by step. The cautious Rat people pay attention to thrift and savings. They generally live a stable and well-off life, and even better after middle age. They are wonderful friends and partners, for the cheerful and easygoing personalities make them good at livening the vibe in parties or other social places. Sometimes impulsive, but their good self-control ability always pulls them back in time.

Strengths: adaptable, quick-witted, optimistic, considerate, versatile, outgoing
Weaknesses: timid, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, self-centered

Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Complementary Pairs: Rabbit, Dog, Pig
Bad Matches: Horse, Rooster

Career: The best jobs for Rat people include artist, author, doctor, teacher, lecturer, boat engineer, architect, fashion designer, and photographer. The skilled or creative occupations are suitable for them, and they can perform well in service industry, charity, and finance field.

Rats’ Fortune in 2022: People born with Chinese zodiac Rat sign should devote more time and energy in career in 2022. In order to stabilize their career development as much as possible, they should avoid making mistakes. At the same time, they need to keep the positive attitude and make excellent performance. If possible, providing useful suggestions to company is also necessary. Generally speaking, the wealth fortune would be stable based on Rat prediction in 2022. High-risking investments are not advised. Single ones would have several chances to start dating. Just be brave to pursue true love. About health, they should pay attention to some small diseases, such as fever and stomachache.

Ox – (niú)

In agricultural society, the mild and tough ox is human’s best assistant. People born in the Year of the Ox are also diligent and persistent. They tend to be slow in action after a long and deliberate preparation, but once the plan is set, they will overcome all difficulties to finish the task. Their amazing endurance in work and strong sense of obligation compel them to break through and stick it out, making them highly praised by colleagues and the boss. This is the base for them being late bloomers, with successful career and abundant wealth in old age. The relationship with the Ox people is generally pleasant but may lack romance, for they are some stubborn and not good at communication and expressing emotions.

Strengths: prudent, calm, strong-willed, persistent, industrious, honest
Weaknesses: stubborn, overcautious, unsociable, clumsy of speech

Best Matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster
Complementary Pairs: Rabbit, Dog
Bad Matches: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep

Career: The best jobs for Ox people include lawyer, doctor, teacher, writer, government officer, policeman, technician, politician, and office clerk. They are good at stable jobs requiring specific expertise, especially those related to building materials field.

Oxen’s Fortune in 2022: According to Ox fortune in 2022, their career would be smooth. Because of their excellent performance at work, they can easily get appreciation from bosses. Most Ox people can always keep modest attitude, which makes the relationship with colleagues harmonious. There are also several opportunities for promotion and salary increasing. As for wealth, they may have a strong ability to earn money. In addition to the stable salary, they can also earn extra money from low-risky investments. The luck in love relationship is ideal, especially for singles. For married ones, they should devote more energy to the family. In terms of health, as long as they take more exercises and maintain the regular living timetable, the body immunity will be strengthened and there won’t be big problems.

Tiger – (hǔ)

The tiger, being wild, bold and powerful, is the King of the Forest. People born in the Year of the Tiger are also endowed with natural leadership and dominant temperament. High self-esteem makes them independent and asocial. They like high positions with authority and the right of control. They are rule makers and would like to be the patron saint for common people. Being active and ambitious, Tiger people are tenacious in achieving their career goals. Sometimes they fail due to rash decisions, but facing difficulties, they will never give up. They are faithful to friends and have a strong sense of justice, but sometimes impatient and like to straightforwardly argue with others.

Strengths: confident, courageous, steadfast, loyal, upright, trustworthy
Weaknesses: arrogant, bossy, short-tempered, imprudent

Best Matches: Dragon, Horse, Pig
Complementary Pairs: Rooster, Dog
Bad Matches: Ox, Tiger, Snake, Monkey

Career: Economist, politician, adventurer, and management officer are best jobs for Tiger people. They are suitable to work for public service or in the catering industry, outdoor sports facilities field, or culture field.

Tigers’ Fortune in 2022: According to Chinese astrology, 2022 is not a very lucky year for people born in the year of the Tiger, as it is their Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth). They are advised to be careful when going out and pay more attention to their body changes. In traditional Chinese culture, red is the auspicious color for people in their Ben Ming Nian and they may wear more red clothes to protect themselves from misfortune.

Rabbit – (tù)

Docile, tender and quiet, the rabbit is no doubt a lovely animal. People born in the Year of the Rabbit have favorable personalities. They are smart moderators in a family to drive up the happy atmosphere. Not only filial to the elders, they are also model parents, strict but gentle and patient, giving proper education for their kids. Rabbit people are loyal and dedicated to their lovers, while for friends, they are kind-hearted, polite, and honest. They have a strong sense of responsibility and professionalism in work. There won’t be big ups and downs in the whole life of the Rabbit people. They progress in a steady pace, and can reach the career peak during their middle age.

Strengths: gentle, considerate, cautious, friendly, virtuous, compassionate
Weaknesses: irresolute, stubborn, timid, conservative, escapist

Best Matches: Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig
Complementary Pairs: Rat, Ox
Bad Matches: Snake, Rooster

Career: The ideal jobs for Rabbit people include farmer, breeder, teacher, priest, pharmacist, policeman, and judge. The occupations requiring sharp sense of art and carefulness are suitable for them. They could run a dessert shop, work in breeding or pet industry, or in a planning and design company.

Rabbits’ Fortune in 2022: People with Rabbit sign have mixed luck in 2022. Under the influence of the lucky stars, they are inspired to have creative thinking and rich imagination, thus making great achievements in their career without encountering many difficulties throughout the year. Their fortune in love is also good, having more chances to meet an ideal partner, a satisfying relationship, and even a happy marriage. Rabbit people should take care of their health. Monitor the health status regularly and don’t neglect minor ailments. The relationship with colleagues is not ideal, so they need to spend more time to communicate and reduce the occurrence of misunderstandings.

Dragon – (lóng)

The dragon, a mythical creature in Chinese culture, is considered imperial, lucky, and almighty. People born in the Year of the Dragon are ambitious dreamers, seeking for adventures and romances all their life. They are super energetic and have strong fortune, especially before middle age. They have childish enthusiasm for their dreams and aims, brave enough, but when coming up with a setback, they are easy to turn to the opposite extreme, discouraged and never rise again. Strong, aggressive, and with fatal charm, they like to be the focus in social occasions. However, Dragon people are a bit unapproachable for they are short-tempered and always strict and even picky to others.

Strengths: energetic, confident, ambitious, frank, romantic, intelligent, generous
Weaknesses: unstable, unrealistic, self-conceited, intolerant, lack of persistence

Best Matches: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
Complementary Pairs: Tiger, Snake
Bad Matches: Ox, Sheep, Dog

Career: The language talent makes some of them nice writers or teachers, while the sense of business and money makes some good cashiers or financiers. Other suitable jobs for them include quality inspector, pharmacist, electrician, politician and priest.

Dragons’ Fortune in 2022: The past year has been rough for the Dragon people, but their positive attitude has driven away the bad luck. Entering the Year of the Tiger in 2022, life will be much better, especially in terms of career. They are active and clear-headed at work, which is appreciated by their superiors, making promotion and salary increase possible. However, they need to beware of the hidden crisis in interpersonal relationship. Be careful to keep a good relationship with colleagues, and do not gossip behind.

Snake – (shé)

In most people’s impression, the snake is sly and dreadful; however in Chinese culture, the snake is also known as little dragon, so it contains a warm heart despite of its cold appearance. People born in the Year of the Snake are calm and indifferent to strangers, but passionate and lively when with long-time friends. Snake people are idealists. They have strong will and clear plans to reach their goals, but laziness is their only opponent. With good luck in wealth all their lifetime, they like to buy luxuries and spend much on dressing. Decent appearance makes them attractive, but they tend to be reluctant to start a relationship due to their suspicious mind.

Strengths: sociable, graceful, eloquent, humorous, wise, perceptive, determined
Weaknesses: unapproachable, jealous, suspicious, sly, inconstant

Best Matches: Dragon, Rooster
Complementary Pairs: Ox
Bad Matches: Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig

Career: Snake people could be good artists, singers, politicians, teachers, painters, designers, or psychologists. They are good at performing arts and entertainment work. Some of them might core an achievement in archaeological research.

Snakes’ Fortune in 2022: It is predicted to be a bumpy year for people born in the year of the Snake. Fortunately, they have the abilities and talents to get through the “partially bumpy roads” only if they keep calm and rational. The happy things are that a few of them may get a promotion; single females will probably start dating; and employees are likely to accumulate a small amount of wealth.

Horse – (mǎ)

The horse is represented by the fire in Chinese culture, while in ancient Greek mythology, it is related to the sun god, all bright and fervent. People born in the Year of the Horse, zealous and easygoing, love social activities and have natural popularity among people. Active, cheerful and talkative, Horse people make a lot of friends. They have strong desire for self-expression and sometimes hard to take in others’ ideas. They are good at sports and have deft hands to learn various techniques. Their talents and indomitable spirit enable them to make a figure and get a little accomplishment in a very young age. The wealth fortune of the Horse people is pretty good, but they tend to enjoy luxury life without savings.

Strengths: warm-hearted, upright, easygoing, positive, patient, steady, independent
Weaknesses: extravagant, too outspoken, opinionated, inflexible

Best Matches: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit
Complementary Pairs: Pig
Bad Matches: Rat, Ox, Rooster, Horse

Career: The best jobs for Horse people are adventurer, writer, architect, performer, entrepreneur, scientist, artist, politician, critic, and tour guide. They could get achievements in art, tourist, political or commercial fields. Charity work is also suitable for them.

Horses’ Fortune in 2022: According to the 2022 prediction, Horses’ fortune in career and wealth is better than that in relationship and health. The support from leaders will help them do a great job in the cooperation projects with other companies. In addition to higher income from work, they may receive extra wealth this year. Do not spend them extravagantly and save some for rainy days. It’s possible for single female Horses to get married but the possibility for single males is low. In 2022, they’d better follow a healthy life routine in case of stomachache and skin diseases.

Sheep – (yáng)

Like the mild and unaggressive sheep, people born in the Year of the Sheep are gentle and submissive. They are well dressed and gracefully behaved in public. Being softhearted and sympathetic, they are always glad to give to charities. With upright and warm characters, they are generous to help friends, giving both time and money, and in reward, there are always someone helping and protecting Sheep people in time. Shy and indecisive, they need strong-willed partners in their work and life. When in favorable circumstances, they could become brilliant artists or creative pioneers, while in adversity, they tend to be sensitive and pessimistic. They attach importance to family and the celebration of festivals and anniversaries.

Strengths: gentle, softhearted, considerate, reliable, hardworking, thrift
Weaknesses: indecisive, timid, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed

Best Matches: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
Complementary Pairs: Sheep, Monkey
Bad Matches: Ox, Tiger, Dog

Career: The suitable jobs for Sheep people include painter, musician, beautician, doctor, teacher, editor, writer, and house cleaner. They could have excellent performance in domestic service, medical, art, education, and publishing fields.

Sheep’s Fortune in 2022: The Sheep’s fortune prediction in 2022 indicates more good fortune than bad lucks. It’s a lucky year for them to make money, only if they obey the rules legally and morally. They will also probably derive happiness and help from their harmonious relationship with families, friends and colleagues. They can do great jobs in workplace and get appreciation from bosses, but the chance for a promotion is low. The singles are very likely to make a boy or girl friend.

Monkey – (hóu)

Monkeys are close relatives of human beings. People born in the Year of the Monkey are smart, showing exceptional intelligence in school and later strong ability and enterprise in career. They will devote themselves wholeheartedly to the work they are interested in, while indifferent to things they don’t like. Monkey men could make a success in career, while Money women are impressive for their elegant and stylish looking. They would have a happy marriage, and pay great attention to family, being filial to their parents, and caring but a little doting for kids. For friends, they are sincere, frank, and always ready to help. With curiosity and love for adventure, they seek a free and easy life with continuous new discoveries.

Strengths: intelligent, enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative, eloquent, adaptable
Weaknesses: jealous, arrogant, lack patience and perseverance, opportunistic

Best Matches: Ox, Rabbit
Complementary Pairs: Rat, Dragon, Sheep, Dog
Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig

Career: Their suitable jobs include linguist, diplomat, journalist, entertainer, businessman, athlete, stockbroker, detective, lawyer, and programmer. The highly logical and challenging jobs are attractive for them, while fields that need eloquence are good choices.

Monkeys’ Fortune in 2022: As a whole, it is not a very lucky year for people born in the year of the Monkey. In work, there might be lots of obstacles waiting for them ahead. Luckily, they are able to overcome them with their talents. In wealth, they’d better not expect too much additional income. To get through the high-risky year, those in love are advised to spend more time with their lover and stay calm always to avoid break-up. The available ones should be more active to be attached.

Rooster – (jī)

The rooster crows before sunrise, so ancient Chinese people thought that it had a prediction ability. The Greek mythology also considered the rooster a creature the messenger of god knowing the future. People born in the Year of the Rooster is endowed with such prediction ability. They are prescient and farsighted, having clear plans. They have promising future, but sometimes quick-tempered and set improbable goals. With excellent social skills, they have sharp perspective into others’ minds. Their warmness and kindness make them popular. The Rooster people are keen on beatifying their appearance, and delicately dressed up in colors all the time. With great interest in traveling and adventure, they are active and energetic in life, and like to make jokes.

Strengths: foresighted, ambitious, capable, quick-minded, confident, outgoing, independent
Weaknesses: selfish, narrow-minded, impatient, critical, overconfident

Best Matches: Ox, Snake
Complementary Pairs: Tiger, Dragon
Bad Matches: Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog

Career: Rooster people could be brilliant politicians, diplomats, or public speakers. Some could be influential scientists. Some perform well in clothing and cosmetics trade. Other suitable jobs for them include designer, beautician, tour guide, and actor / actress.

Roosters’ Fortune in 2022: Roosters are predicted to be lucky in work in 2022. Even though, it requires them to work hard and solve problems timely to get appreciation from leaders. Their efforts will be paid with higher salary, but the possibility of promotion is little. Don’t expect additional income from lottery and investment or something like those. The family life of the married Roosters is happy as a whole; but the singles may only make some common friends instead of a girl or boy friend this year.

Dog – (gǒu)

The dogs are faithful friends of humans. People born in the Year of the Dog are also loyal and have a strong sense of justice. They like to help and serve for others, and care less about their own interests. They have clear minds but lack of expression ability, so sometimes they are thought to be conservative and even stubborn. Being pure and virtuous, they are wonderful friends, but it might need a long time to become good friends of Dog people for they are cautious and introvert. However, once the relationship is set, they are sincere and reliable. What they need are a peaceful life and a harmonious family.

Strengths: righteous, brave, loyal, responsible, reliable, clever, quick-witted
Weaknesses: impatient, conservative, stubborn, emotional

Best Matches: Rabbit, Tiger
Complementary Pairs: Rat, Monkey, Pig
Bad Matches: Dragon, Sheep, Rooster

Career: Dog people could be good lawyers, judges, organizers, teachers, doctors, civil servants, programmers, advertising planners, or bloggers. Beside traditional industries, they are more talented in self-media field for their outstanding planning ability and creativity.

Dogs’ Fortune in 2022: It is predicted that Dog’s luck in career and wealth is satisfying in 2022. They are likely to do great jobs in work, which brings them higher income and even promotion. Think twice before making an investment in case of being treated. However, it is not a lucky year for the singles to make a girl or boy friend. But they may make some new friends with the same interests with them. For the sake of health, people born in the year of the Dog are advised to keep healthy living habits and exercise regularly in 2022.

Pig – (zhū)

Chinese people eat pork but consider pigs to be stupid. Actually the pigs are clever, so are the people born in the Year of the Pig. In work, they are active, careful, cool-headed, always concentrating their attention to fulfil the tasks. They have good luck in wealth, enjoy luxury, and like to indulge in rich life with great taste. Pig people are outgoing and warm-hearted, having a lot of friends. Facing difficulties, there would be many friends helping them out. Born innocent and romantic, they are easy to trust others, which makes them tend to fall into traps. When Pig people lose their temper sometimes, delicious food is the only cure.

Strengths: warm-hearted, sincere, honest, optimistic, generous
Weaknesses: sleepy, gullible, short-tempered, jealous

Best Matches: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep
Complementary Pairs: Rat, Horse, Dog
Bad Matches: Snake, Monkey

Career: The best occupations for Pig people are veterinarian, breeder, forester, teacher, civil servant, policeman, doctor, professor, and artist. Agriculture and animal husbandry are suitable fields for them. Medical and art fields are also worth trying.

Pigs’ Fortune in 2022: Pig’s fortune in 2022 is plain as a whole. When meeting difficulties, be positive to overcome them instead of being negative. The happy thing is that their luck in career and wealth is quite good. If they can work hard and perform well, there is a great chance for them to get a promotion or higher salary. Just do not spend too much in entertaining and save some for emergencies. Also, people born in the year of the Pig may meet a charming opposite sex and fall in love with each other in 2022. Students will also have good luck in examinations.

Source: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/

Lunar New Year Gifts & Offers

Enjoy the best offers and LNY Collections this New Year

Looking for a perfect gift for everyone on your list this New Year? Purchase an Upper Canada Mall gift card here. Choose from a classic Gift Card, eGift Card (which you can personalize for a special surprise) or Corporate Gifting to thank employees or co-workers.

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Aldo

Lunar New Year Collection

Here’s a look at Aldo’s exclusive Lunar New Year collection, featuring a vast array of styles in auspicious red, gold, and pink hues and embellishments.

 

Aritzia

Fortune Favours the Bold

Celebrate the year of the tiger with an exclusive collection only at Aritzia

 

Bailey Nelson

Celebrate the year of the Tiger with Bailey Nelson

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate the year of the Tiger with Bailey Nelson. Come in store for a chance to win a free pair of glasses, free blue light filter or 10% off! Hurry ends 2nd Feb. T&C’s apply.

 

Coles

LNY Must-Haves

Stop by Coles and discover Lunar New Year books, toys and stationary

 

Hudson's Bay

Celebrate good fortune in style

Shop Hudson’s Bay amazing collection of Lunar New Year and get ready to celebrate in style

 

Lindt Chocolate

Lunar New Year is here

Wish your loved ones a year filled with good fortune, health and sweet treats!

 

Lush

Celebrate the year of the tiger with the essentials

Usher in the first new moon of the Lunar Year, the year of the tiger, with Lush’s gifts, cosmetics and beauty products

 

MAC Cosmetics

Lunar luck collection

A fierce full-face lineup of lucky reds and majestic metallics calls for a New Year filled with confidence, courage and bold beauty looks. Shop these finds at MAC Cosmetics

 

Pandora

Get some silver lunar sparkle

Discover Pandora’s range of LNY-themed jewellery – necklaces, rings, bracelets and charms all celebrating the Lunar New Year

 

Purdys Chocolatier

LNY chocolates and goodies

Send good wishes and luck for the New Year with Purdys collection of chocolates and chocolate gifts inspired by the Lunar New Year and the Chinese zodiac.

 

Roots

Lunar New Year pays homage to the year of the tiger

Ring in the Lunar New Year with something that will last a lifetime-from handbags, crew sweatshirts and varsity jackets, Roots has got you covered.

 

Sephora

It's the eye of the tiger..

Sephora’s going glam for the Lunar New Year with makeup in limited-edition packaging that celebrates The Year of the Tiger.

 

 

Starbucks

LNY Collection

Starbucks’ set of drinkware and accessories inspired by the Year of the Tiger.