"We are human, we cannot compare with a pig, with a monkey or with a sheep or a tiger" Mr Lok Tin said.
"There are some people born in the year of the pig, they are not like the pig, they're very extremely clever, they're very hardworking people as well" he said.
Edgar Lok Tin said he believes the concept of the Chinese calendar originated from a time in China when people did not have access to education.
"If you were born in the year of the monkey, and because it is in a 12-year cycle, so when the next cycle of the monkey comes around then you would know you were 13 years old" Edgar Lok Tin said.
"You can appreciate the atmosphere will be quite enjoyable given there will be quite a lot of families out in Chinatown going for dinner and celebrating the New Year's Eve" Ms Fitzpatrick said.
The following day between 7:30pm and 10pm Masterchef will record a live show with two teams doing a cook-off.
"The shinier the better, because that means that he's repelling all the evil spirits and ushering in good luck for the people who celebrate the New Year with him" Ms Ah-Deune said.
(Above: a video of the Millennium dragon parading the streets of Melbourne during the dragon parade in 2014. It looks like Melbourne's Lord Mayor is giving a little China man a good ol' head rub at 1:39minutes [confirmation of his identity is needed, but I am pretty sure that is the Lord Mayor.] Apparently, seeing the dragon gives you good luck and prosperity for the new year.)
Admiring the intricately detailed handiwork of the dragon in the museum, which was imported from a factory in China in 2003, Ruby from Hong Kong said she was looking forward to the Chinese New Year.
Ruby said the red packets with money inside would be the best aspect of the new year for children, whereas the elderly would receive visits and well wishes from their family members.
"Then, of course, there will be a big, big feast for seven days, and the seventh day, the new year, is the day we call 'every body's birthday'" Ruby said.
"Here, of course, the food will be a bit more westernised, like the fortune cookies are not really Chinese actually, I think that is American" she says with a beaming smile.
Around 70,000 people are expected to pack into the Chinatown area of Melbourne for the Dragon Parade, with a total of around 120,000 people attending events throughout the city.
People escaping oppression in China mainly settled in Victoria and Queensland following the Gold-rush era of the 1800s.