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9 Free Chinese New Year Festivals in Melbourne 2013

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Chinese New Year goes off with a bang
Festive celebrations for the Year of the Snake formally kick off on 10th February 2013. Although not recognised in Australia, it is a public holiday for most countries around Asia and most businesses close to spend more time with their family or loved ones. The reason why the date does not fall on the 1st day of January or the same date every year is because it follows the lunar solar calendar. The New Year term is also interchangeable with Lunar New Year or Spring Festival for some cultures.

Lion dance
Wikipedia: Image courtesy of Joe Mabel

Those born in the Year of the Snake are from the following years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013. Their personality traits include intuitiveness, being great thinkers and exerting high levels of intelligence. Famous Snake celebrities include Ben Stiller, Bob Dylan and Oprah Winfrey.

The benefit of being part of a diverse society in Melbourne is that it hosts various multicultural events across the year. The annual Chinese New Year street festivities will be held all around Melbourne at a suburb near you. Expect lots of food stalls, arts and crafts, music, rides, free cultural entertainment, drumming, firecrackers and of course the much anticipated lion-dancing.

CNY Festivities in Singapore
Wikipedia: Photo by Calvin Teo

Locations have been confirmed as follows:

1. Alfrieda Street, St Albans (Sun 13th Jan 2013): 10am-10pm

2. Hopkins St, Footscray (Sun 20th Jan 2013): 10am-10pm

3. Victoria Street, Richmond (Sun 27th Jan 2013): 10am-10pm

4. Sandown Race Course: (Sat-Sun, 26th-27th Jan 2013): 9am-10pm

5. Buckingham Ave, Springvale (Sun 3rd Feb 2013): 9am-10pm

6. Burke St, Braybrook (Sat 9th Feb 2013): 2pm-midnight

7. China Town, Little Bourke Street (Sun 10th Feb 2013): 9am-10pm

During the Dragon's Awakening Ceremony, the Dragon will parade through the streets of Melbourne starting in Little Bourke Street from 12.30pm.

Melbourne Chinatown Parade
Melbourne Chinatown Parade

8. Station St, Box Hill (Sat-Sun, 9th-10th Feb 2013): 3pm-3am

9. Kingsway, Glen Waverley (Sun 17th Feb 2013): 11am-8pm

Eat and be merry. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
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Why? Goodbye Dragon. Enter the Snake
When: From Sunday 13th January 2013 - Sunday 17th February 2013
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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