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Top 5 Activities for Chinese New Year 2014

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Celebrate the chinese new year with style
chinese new year, lion dance, reunion dinner, firecrackers
Celebrate the chinese new year with style

The Chinese Year of the Horse is upon us (Lunar Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31 January) and as usual, it will be celebrated with a bang. The fifteen-day long celebration is kicked off with a reunion dinner with family and friends on the eve of Chinese New Year. If you are rearing to get into the spirit of it, here is the round up of the top few activities.

#1: Reunion dinner with family and friends

The reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's eve can be said to be the most important meal of the year to every Chinese. That is why this period boosts the largest annual human migration, as everyone from different corners for the world returns home to share this pivotal meal with their families. Most will spend lavishly on this meal and fill the table with auspicious dishes that signifies a prosperous year ahead. Here are a list of places you can consider for this all-important meal with your family and friends:

Supper Inn Chinese Restaurant

Da Hu Peking Duck Restaurant

China Red Restaurant

Sichuan House Chinese Restaurant

#2: Bake Chinese New Year goodies

It is customary to visit relatives and friends during the first 15 days of Chinese New Year, and a good host would not waste this opportunity to showcase their hosting skills as well as their baking skills. There are many different delicate Chinese New Year goodies that are traditionally served during this season, such as peanut cookies, love letters, prawn rolls. Read here for a description of them. My favourite is the pineapple tarts and you can get the recipe below.

Pineapple Tarts Recipe

3: Find out your Chinese horoscope forecast for 2014

Each Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. 2013 was the year of the snake and 2014 will be the year of the horse. With the imminent Chinese New Year, find out if 2014 will bring you luck, love or success:

2014 Chinese horoscope forecast

#4: Watch traditional lion and dragon dance

As you may already know, Chinese New Year is a vibrant and flashy celebration and one of the much-anticipated events is the traditional lion and dragon dance. This art that combines history and kung fu moves is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits. Clashing cymbals and drums usually accompany this energetic display and it is a natural accompaniment with the boisterous firecrackers.

5: Experience firecrackers

Though it is part of many traditional celebrations, the use of firecrackers is unfortunately banned in many countries as it had caused quite a few injuries. Luckily, the use of firecrackers is permitted by licensed pyro-technician in Victoria, so we won't miss out on this lively scene during the celebration. Here's a list of where you can watch both lion/dragon dance and firecrackers display:

Free Melbourne Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

2014 Chinese Near Year Festival at Box Hill

2014 Lunar New Year Festival at Springvale
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