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Free Melbourne Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

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Melbourne's Chinese New Year festivities hold a strong tradition within many Melbournians joining in the celebration that run over fifteen days. The traditional start to the festival is on New Years Eve for a reunion dinner where all members of the family attend for a lavish meal together, celebrations culminate two weeks later with a Chinese lantern festival.

The Chinese New Year always falls in the Months of January or February and each Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. 2014 will be the year of the horse. This years Chinese New Year is on the 31st of January 2014.

Celebrations in Melbourne are plentiful and will showcase the traditional Chinese heritage with festivities being held in 8 locations in and around Melbourne, you will find them at:

Richmond: Victoria Street, North Richmond on Sunday 18th January 10am-10pm.
Springvale: Buckingham avenue, Springvale on Sunday 26th of January 9am-9pm.
St Albans: St Albans Town Centre on Sunday 5th of January 10am-9am.
Box Hill: Market Street and Main Street on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd of February 1pm-1am.
China Town: Russell St. Melbourne CBD on Sunday 2nd February 10am-10pm.
Glen Waverley: Kingsway, Glen Waverley on Sunday 9th of February .
Footscray: Hopkins Street, Footscray on Sun 2nd of February 10am-10pm.

For more information on the above list visit the Chinese New Years Eve festival website here.

Hong De Lion Performance (picture from Hong De Lion facebook page)

Fed Square will again be hosting free festival celebrations in St Pauls Court beginning Friday 31st of January from 12pm - 5pm with a screening of a specially curated program on the big screen. On Saturday the 1st between 12pm-3pm join in the delight of the Chinese culture with Hong de Lion Melbourne's premiere lion dancing troupe performing a traditional dance and drumming in colourful costumes.

There will also be performances by Melbourne's Chinese choir, mass Tai Chi and Health Qigong sessions in the square and drop-in exhibition Mahjong games.

Take a visit to the Chinese Museum in Melbourne, read all about the museum with an article written by another Weekendnotes writer here.

The Chinese museum is also running a photography competition with the prize winner receiving up to 3 exclusive tickets to the Sacred Dragon Awakening Ceremony on Sunday 2nd of February 2014. For your chance to win the prize you need to submit your most creative Chinese New Year photo via the museum's facebook page. The photo with the most likes by the 20th of January wins the tickets.

Whilst you're celebrating why not book yourself a seat in one of Melbourne's Chinese restaurants like Flower Drum, Red Emperor or anyone of these top ten Chinese restaurants in Melbourne.

If you're happy to travel further afield then check out Bendigo's Awakening of the Dragon ceremony along with many other Chinese New Year festivities through the Golden Dragon Museum here.

Picture from Wikipedia commons

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Why? Celebrate the Chinese New Year
When: January-February
Where: Melbourne and surrounding suburbs
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It's the year of the horse, so they have pig lanterns? They look really cool though. Sounds like some fun activities going on.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2403 days ago
wow I'd love to go there...especially Footscray. Isn't that the East meets West lunar festival?
by newintstudents (score: 2|474) 2384 days ago
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