Since its inception of September 2014, Sino Mutual Society (SinoMu) has endeavored in providing cultural program for new immigrants in a hope to help the Chinese immigrants to settle and adapt well to the different culture and environment. With the multi-purposed activities GEBIS strives to offer in our community program, SinoMu is well-positioned in offering programs and sharing the experience.
On Feburary 21, 2015, it marks the Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Sheep. More than 500 people have shown up for this big gathering at the Dutch Inn, Cornwall, where SinoMu has been a tenant since late 2014 and has been offering classes like Chinese classes and workshops for university students.
Full-house crowds greeted each other on this festive event, with red lanterns and red scrolls with Chinese calligraphy hanging, making many of these new Islanders (Chinese immigrants) feel right at home – a place where they call home recently and for many years to come.
Some neighbors and Islanders were also invited over by their friends, and were impressed by the grand gathering and totally new experience. Programs include the traditional Chinese Lion Dance, Violin solo, music performance by UPEI students. A group of blonde-haired kids from local kindergarten even was invited over to showcase how well they have been practicing Chinese and surprised the crowd with their New Year greeting “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year!) in Chinese.
Leading Buddhist monks from GEBIS have participated and opened the event with prayer, chants, and ringing the peace bell. Auspicious gifts with tokens of health and prosperity were distributed to each of the participants to the delights of the big crowd. Everyone who showed up for the event has had a mouthful and handful of goodies and take home with lots of great spirit for the New Year.