This Janaury and February, the city of Brampton is inviting residents to celebrate Brampton’s diversity at several cultural events. Learn more about Tamil heritage, celebrate Chinese New Year, and recognize the contributions of Black Canadians in the community.
“Brampton is a mosaic, and city council is proud to celebrate our community’s incredible diversity,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “On behalf of council, we hope residents from all cultural backgrounds will join us to learn more about Tamil heritage and culture, celebrate Chinese New Year, and recognize the contributions of our Black African and Caribbean communities at these exciting upcoming events.”
Tamil Heritage Month
January is recognized as Tamil Heritage Month in Brampton to celebrate contributions made by Tamil Canadians. On Friday, January 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., learn more about the community’s history and culture at the City Hall Atrium. Try out traditional cuisine, enjoy live performances and join the community in raising the flag at this exciting event.
Chinese New Year
Welcome the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Rat on Sunday, January 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the City Hall Atrium. This spectacular celebration will feature iconic dragon and lion dances, calligraphy artists and refreshments. Community leaders will give wishes of prosperity and good health for the coming year. The event will be organized in partnership with Brampton Chinese Business Association and is proudly supported by HSBC and Mandarin Restaurant.
Black History Month
February is known nationwide as Black History Month, a time to honour and recognize the legacy and the contributions made by Black Canadians. There will be two events in February celebrating the city’s Black African and Caribbean communities.
On Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. there will be a flag-raising ceremony in Ken Whillans Square next to City Hall. On Friday, February 28 at City Hall, there will be the Beat of Black History Month event with a food marketplace and retail vendors from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conservatory, with a ceremony including song, dance and spoken word performances at 6 p.m. in the Atrium.
Artists and vendors interested in participating in the Black History Month event are invited by the City of Brampton to apply by January 30, 2020. Get details here.
These events are part of Brampton’s Community Recognition Program, a series of cultural celebrations that the city hosts throughout the year to honour Brampton’s diversity. They also are a great opportunity for residents to learn about other cultures and get to know the many communities that come together to create Brampton.
For more information on these and other city events, visit www.brampton.ca.