“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. Then your love would also change.”
― Juliet, in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Sorry, Juliet. But we disagree. You may want to swear by the moon in 2015. Even if "she" does change, there is reason to move your allegiance from the sun. Specifically, Harbourfront's LunarFest lights up Toronto with a glow-in-the-dark performance, taking from many of Asia's lunar traditions (in Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea).
You might start becoming a moon worshipper after you get out of your pajamas and into the world. The moon traditions will make it more than worth your while!
Where else besides Harbourfront's LunarFest can you dance with the dragons? — Photo courtesy of Asian Canadian Special Events Association
2015 is the Year of the Sheep, the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar. The number eight itself is lucky, so for many people, 2015 is predicted to be a fortunate year. If you still aren't certain, go to one of the fortune tellers on site for LunarFest, who may be able to rest your worried soul.
If you were born in the Year of the Sheep, you already know that your fortune will be good — Photo courtesy of Asian Canadian Special Events Association
It is well documented that light is essential to healthy physiology. But vitamin D tablets can only get us so far. It's a delight to find oneself surrounded by light in the dark cloak of winter. Indoor and outdoor light instillations work to beat the winter blues, lighting up the night sky with colorful lanterns. LunarFest: 1. Polar vortex: 0.
Amazing pops of color will get you ready for spring — Photo courtesy of Asian Canadian Special Events Association
Bundling up and leaving the house can work up a hearty appetite. Dumpling Fest is embedded into Lunar Fest, prepared to fill your belly as you tastily explore each country taking part of the festival. With a name like "Dumpling Fest," you can be pretty certain that there will be a dumpling or two, but there are also other culinary delicacies.
Each morsel plays a significant role in Lunar New Year's celebrations across Asia. For example, dumplings in Vietnam are known as bánh chưng. They are not only eaten, but also placed in a family's alters to honor their ancestors, as they pray to them for support in the New Year.
Vietnamese dumplings are reason enough to head on over — Photo courtesy of Asian Canadian Special Events Association
Understanding the deeper connections to history, tradition and the importance of good food is reason to herd yourself down to the Harbourfront area of Toronto this year from Saturday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 1.
You will be bathed in healthier light than the flicker of your computer screen. Forget social media. Find your fellow moon-worshippers in the year of the sheep. Any winter hermit can find his or her flock. The LunarFest website asks, "Are we herding or being herded?"
Tight parcels of rice that will fill your winter belly — Photo courtesy of Asian Canadian Special Events Association