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Follow the lion dance and warn off evil spirits
Be sure to head to the Technicolour Night Market on Saturday 1 February 2020 to bring in the New Year with all the culture of Chinese tradition at its Chinese New Year market.
The Multicultural Community Centre, at 23 Foster Street Newmarket, is hosting this free community event where everyone is invited to be a part of the ancient and modern Asian infused New Year celebrations.
The Chinese New Year is filled with historic traditions and the Technicolour Night Market Program will share and keep these alive by including:
A free calligraphy workshop A Chinese culture show Firecracker display
For those who haven't experienced the Chinese Lion Dance before, you are in for a visual and musical spectacle. Dancers sway and move under the lion costume to form a lively procession which seems like the lion is boldly sashaying along a path.
Lion Dance Photo courtesy Discover Hong Kong facebook page
The fierceness of the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority and is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits. Since it is believed that monsters, ghosts, evil spirits and giants are afraid of loud noises, the lion dance creates a lively path with clashing cymbals, a gong and drums. And it certainly can be loud!
And if that doesn't do the trick, it is believed that lighting firecrackers will also scare away the evil spirits of the past year and celebrate the coming of the new year. So, yes, there will be firecrackers as well.
This grand celebration is recognised by all Chinese culture as well as people in some other Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Each new year is represented by a Zodiac animal sign and 2020 is the year of the rat. According to chinese tradition, those born in the Year of the Rat are believed to be very industrious, thrifty, diligent and positive people. They love to enshrine and collect. Interesting!
Watch the opening ceremony at 5pm. You can visit the market from 4:00- 9:00 but don't forget to look out for the show at 6pm and 7:15 pm
About the Multicultural Community Centre.
The centre provides training and employment programs and other initiatives to help migrants integrate into Australian society. The centre assists to provide skills to access jobs and mainstream services provided by the government and charitable agencies.
So, add this to your to do list and experience a Chinese New year celebration a the Multicultural Community Centre, Newmarket this February. This is an all ages event.