A Tribute to Black History
Every year, SCCC celebrates Black History Month.
Sources courtesy of Encyclopaedia Brittanica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Lunar-New-Year
Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar, also called Spring Festival, festival typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so the dates of the holiday vary slightly from year to year, beginning some time between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars. Approximately 10 days before the beginning of the new lunar year, houses are thoroughly cleaned to remove any bad luck that might be lingering inside, a custom called “sweeping of the grounds.”
Traditionally, New Year’s eve and New Year’s day are reserved for family celebrations, including religious ceremonies honouring ancestors. Also on New Year’s day, family members receive red envelopes (lai see) containing small amounts of money. Dances and fireworks are prevalent throughout the holidays, culminating in the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of the New Year’s celebrations. On this night colourful lanterns light up the houses, and traditional foods such as yuanxiao (sticky rice balls that symbolize family unity), fagao (prosperity cake), and yusheng (raw fish and vegetable salad) are served.
The origins of the Lunar New Year festival are thousands of years old and are steeped in legends. One legend is that of Nian, a hideous beast believed to feast on human flesh on New Year’s day. Because Nian feared the colour red, loud noises, and fire, red paper decorations were pasted to doors, lanterns were burned all night, and firecrackers were lit to frighten the beast away.
Every year, SCCC celebrates Lunar New Year with a community event, refreshments, and often lion dance performances. Check back every year for detail information.
An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards achieving gender equality and celebrate the acts of courage and determination by individuals who have played an extraordinary role in advancing gender equality in their communities. The beginnings of International Women’s Day (IWD) trace back to the early twentieth century, emerging from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflecting a growing call for women to participate equally in society.
The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day.
The United Nations recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year and began celebrating IWD on March 8, later adopting a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day.
Today, International Women’s Day, a day of unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action, is celebrated in countries around the world.
Commemoration of International Women’s Day today ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.
At SCCC, we recognize there is still so much to do to achieve gender equality, not just in Toronto, but around the world. Every day is International Women’s Day as we recognize and celebrate the incredible contributions of women every single day.
SCCC would like to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to members of our community who observe this holy month! We hope these 30 days of fasting bring you joy and renewed faith.
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark that Allah, or God, gave the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad in 610. During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasures and pray to become closer to God. It is also a time for families to gather and celebrate.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. Observances begin the morning after the crescent moon is visibly sighted, marking the beginning of the new month. Traditionally, people searched for the slight crescent using the naked eye, which has led to the declaration of different starting times for Ramadan, due to weather or geography. In order to have a more consistent start time for Muslims around the world, however, astronomical calculations are now sometimes used.
May 1 – May 31
South Asian Heritage Month is the name given to the month long celebration in Canada, each May, of the presence and heritage of people with roots in the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Afghanistan.
October or November
Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights”, is one of the most important Hindu celebrations of the year. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the uplifting of spiritual darkness. At Scadding Court we celebrate this festival by gathering together, with presentations, music and delicious food.
Halloween originated from the belief that on October 31st, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased could come back to life, so masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits and appease them. Today it is a fun festival of costumes, candy and games that is a community favourite at Scadding Court. Every year we host a free celebration with prizes, games, treats, a costume contest and a spooky good time!
Eid Al-Adha is a Muslim ritual that commemorates the sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim made to fulfill Allah’s request. During this time, Muslims donate meat as a gesture of contributing to the well-being of others. The date of Eid-Al-Adah changes every year. To celebrate this ritual, Scadding Court hosts an annual event. Stay tuned for the next community gathering.
SCCC celebrates Christmas with its annual Holiday Season Party. Pre-registration is required for this extremely popular event where kids can get their face painted, play games, meet Santa Claus and enjoy a delicious holiday meal.