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Set to kick off at 1pm on 1 February 2014, this festival will feature a host of live entertainment and stalls making it one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne. The Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) will be an awesome crowd-pleaser. There will be a giant Buddha statue for devotees to pray for a prosperous new year.
Other highlights will incorporate traditional lion and dragon dance moving through the throng of people, a spectacular firecracker show, martial arts demonstration, dancers, games and amusement rides for young and old. Market stalls will offer Chinese New Year souvenirs and merchandise. And when you hear your stomach growling then wander out to fetch delightful delicacies from the myriads of food stalls selling authentic Asian cuisine.
This year is the Year of the Horse which signifies a year of support, perseverance and hope. People born in the Year of the Horse are claimed to be cheerful, social and independent. Many are said to be good at making friends since they are honest, loyal and open-minded.
SBS Radio will broadcast live from the event throughout the day. The festival location will be the Box Hill Mall precinct. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent public transport in Box Hill. You can catch the Belgrave/Lilydale trains and disembark at Box Hill railway station. Any of the following buses will deliver you to the festival: 202, 270-271, 279, 284, 286, 289, 291, 293, 295, 302, 315, 612, 684, 700, 732-3, 735, 765, 767, Smart Bus 903. Otherwise, tram 109 will take you to the festival. Alternatively, you can take the car to the festival but be aware that with an estimated arrival of 70,000 people finding a park can be a huge predicament.
Learn more about this fabulous festival by visiting the official website. The Box Hill Chinese New Year celebrations will be colourful, eventful and joyful. Jot down the date on your diary and come along for a full day of merry-making with family and friends.