Posts Tagged ‘lions’

Happy New Year!
Lunar New Year that is, as we usher out the year of the dog and welcome in the year of the pig.

A few scenes from Scarborough Town Centre today.

decorations for lunar new year

Write your wish on a ribbon and tie it to archway – maybe your wish will come true.

three women writing on pink ribbons

tying pink ribbons to an arch

a middle aged muslim couple takes a selfie in front of a lunar new year decoration at Scarborough Town Centre

posing in front of a ribbon filled arch

Lions dance to ward off the evil spirits

kids cheer and laugh as a purple lion (costume) dance in front of them

people in the audience reach out to touch a white lion costume with two people under it, part of a new year celebration

Mural of the Forbidden City

A while ago I posted pictures of a large mural of The Great Wall of China in an alley off Dundas St. West.   A new mural has been painted on the other side of this alley,  a mural depicting the Forbidden City which is now in the center of Beijing China.  The Forbidden City was an imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties (about 1420 to 1912).   One could only enter the complex with the permission of the Emperor, hence the name Forbidden.

mural of the forbidden city in Beijing, painted on a wall in Toronto, showing a statue of a lion outside a building

A pair of Chinese Guardian Lions, one at each end, stand over the Forbidden City.

mural of the forbidden city in Beijing, painted on a wall in Toronto, showing a statue of a lion outside a building

The mural was painted by Blinc Studio artists,
Allan Bender, John Nobrega, Jesse McCuaig and Elaine Teguibon

painting of one of the red buildings in the Forbidden City in Beijing China, part of a mural in an alley in Chinatown

window of a Chinese restaurant with a young man sitting at a table by the window.  On the exterior wall surrounding that window is a painting of a large Chinese lion statue that is part of a larger mural