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Two Festivals in One Day: Australia Day & Chinese Lunar New Year

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I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published January 3rd 2014
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The City of Greater Dandenong holds a distinction among the rest: it is planning to become the biggest suburb of Melbourne in the South Eastern Region and undergoing a major face lift. This City also has a large multi-cultural population, and the residents love to come together to celebrate the diversity in their community. The 26th of January 2014 which is a Sunday is an important date in the calendar of events for the city as two major festivals are being celebrated:

Festival in the Park is a free family fun event which will be celebrated in honour of Australia Day in Dandenong Park. Everyone is invited and there is a long line-up of very exciting events for people of all ages and all interests.

Celebrate Australia Day
Image from Facebook page of the City of Greater Dandenong

The event kicks of at 3pm when entertainers will be ready to welcome the crowds. Come dressed in your favourite Australia Day outfits to express your pride in being an Australian. All activities are free; food items can be purchased from various stalls.

Invitation to the Australia Day Event
Image from Facebook Page of the City of Greater Dandenong

Simultaneous programs are lined up on two separate stages: The Main Stage will host a wide range of entertaining performances, such as magic and fire shows, etc. and The Dance Circle, which is being sponsored by the City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services Freeza Committee will present dance shows and inviting the youth to participate. Free transport shuttle are available from various designated spots (please check website for details of the program and free shuttle). The event wraps up at 9:30pm.

According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2014 is the year of the horse. Expect tens of thousands people to flock to Springvale to celebrate the Lunar New Year which starts at 9am in the morning. Part of the festivities will be dedicated to the Australia Day celebrations, such as the flag raising ceremony and the national anthem will be played at 11am.

Colourful Lion and Dragon Dances await you at the Springvale Lunar New Year celebrations

The Chinese New Year is a colourful event where the whole family can enjoy. Performances include singing, dancing (modern, cultural, etc.), magic shows, martial arts, etc. Expect to see several lion and dragon dance performances as well. Food, drinks, games, market stalls will all keep the visitors entertained late into the night till around 10pm. The festival will be easily accessible from the Springvale train station (Pakenham & Cranbourne lines).

Why not celebrate this fun-filled day in the City of Dandenong this year? Bring the whole family and don't forget the smiles to this very special day in a very special city.
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Why? Celebrate with the whole community
When: Sunday 26th January 2014
Where: Dandenong and Springvale
Cost: Free
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