Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 | Melbourne
Friday, February 16, 2018 is Chinese New Year’s Day
Melbourne plays host to a number of Chinese and Lunar New Year festivals in the CBD and suburbs.
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Melbourne Lunar New Year Festivals
With the Dragon as its centrepiece, Chinese New Year celebrates migration, cultural diversity and Melbourne’s historic and contemporary Asian community.
The program of events continues the tradition of the Dragon Parade on the first Sunday following the first day of the first lunar month, with a range of activities that reflect Melbourne’s multiculturalism and unique characteristics.
Starting in the heart of Chinatown, Dai Loong, Melbourne’s Big Dragon, provides the cultural narrative as it weaves and connects the CBD and Fed Square (for the New Year countdown) with modern Chinese culture.
– Dragon parade
– Hawker stalls
– Cultural performances
– Buddhist prayers
– Ping-pong finals (in Chinatown)
– Chinese New Year afternoon tea with Dog Day Parade at Treasury Gardens
– Dumpling-eating competition
– Top of the Town Yum Cha (between Liverpool and Exhibition Streets)
Each venue offers its own unique festival theme, performances and food. Visitors will experience Chinese Lion Dance, Firecrackers, Traditional Folk Music, Dancers, Martial Artists and much more.
Melbourne Box Hill – Market St and Whitehorse Rd – 17 February 2018 11am – 11pm
Melbourne Chinatown – Little Bourke Street – 18 February 2018 10am – 9pm
Melbourne Federation Square – 17 February 2018
Melbourne Footscray – Hopkins St – 21 January 2018 10am – 10pm
Melbourne Glen Waverley – King’s Way – 25 February 2018 11am – 9pm
Melbourne Melbourne – Crown – Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018
Melbourne Noble Park – Noble Park Racecourse
Melbourne Preston Central & Preston Market – Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018
Melbourne Springvale – Buckingham Avenue – 11 February 2018 10am – 10pm
Melbourne St Albans – Alfrieda St – 14 January 2018 10am – 10pm
Melbourne Victoria Street Lunar Festival – Richmond – Sunday 28 January 2018
Chinese New Year
According to Chinese Lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. The first lunar month is the second lunar month after the lunar month (11th lunar month) contains Winter Solstice, which is around December 23 in Gregorian calendar (western calendar). As a result, Chinese New Year Day might fall in the second half of January or the first half of February.
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Lunar New Year Festival’s
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