It's offically the year of the pig and celebrations of Chinese New Year are well underway in Waterloo Region.
Many local residents celebrated at The Museum's Lion Dance this afternoon, featuring dancers, costumes and music.
David Moylan is the Owner of the Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy, who performed the lion dance. He takes the tradition very seriously.
"I think historically lion dance to be connected with a martial arts school like ours, the Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy, we bring the rigour and the fitness that comes with being a kung-fu practitioner and bring that life to the lion. So it's a natural fit and that's our opportunity to perfrom that way is having the kung-fu skills and kung-fu energy and then bringing that to make the lion come alive."
Local resident Eris moved to the region two years ago. He's very appreciative of the local celebrations.
"I think its good to see all of these western people are doing this traditional Chinese New Year celebration and I think they did pretty good."
Chinese New Year officially started on February 5. It is a two week long period, ending with the Lantern Festival on February 19.
There are numerous events taking place celebrating the lunar new year, including a gala at the University of Waterloo on Monday.
With files from Phi Doan