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Chinese New Year

As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in Victoria, Melbournians love celebrating Chinese New Year year after year. 2018 is the year of the Dog.

Although this festival is celebrated all across the country, Melbourne does it a bit different. Chinese-Australians celebrate this cultural festival with the same vigor and energy as they do in China.

Chinese New Year – 2018 Dates, Dragon Dance & Fireworks, Melbourne

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at the end of January or the start of February each year and run for a week. With live music, food stalls, parades and fireworks; the Chinese New Year is a great family event to celebrate together.

Melbourne also hosts an exciting parade featuring a 100 metre long illuminated dragon, with the Mayor of Melbourne unveiling the dragon every year to kick off the festivities. The fireworks display is also a staple of Chinese New Year and local restaurants, Chinese grocery stores and other community businesses participate in this huge event.

Traditional music, Chinese lion dancers, martial arts shows and fireworks displays are all part of these celebrations. Local shops and businesses also use red flags and Chinese lanterns decorate the festival.

Visitors are welcome to participate and enjoy the cultural activities during the festival. Every year, China Town in the CBD celebrates the Dragon Awakening Ceremony, with spectators watching the famous lion dance, folk dance, costume parade and the Dragon parade through the streets of Melbourne.

Some of the events scheduled in previous years have included :
Queen Victoria Market: Chinese Youth Society Lion Dance; Chinese Fortune Journey & Hongbao Wall; Free cooking demonstrations.
Docklands: Food Truck Park and Chinese Handicrafts and Entertainment – Light Show at 888 Collins Street from sunset to midnight every hour; LED light show at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel on every night.
Queensbridge Square Southbank: New Years Countdown – live music, performances and cooking demonstrations.
Yarra River: Federation Square – family friendly Chinese New Year activities including music, performances, and handicrafts.

The 2018 program will be updated to this page once it is published by the City of Melbourne.


16 February 2017


China Town


Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC

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