Melbourne is no stranger to festivals or celebrations commemorating a variety of occasions. Our vast multicultural population means we are always ready to celebrate all sorts of traditions! Chinese New Year is no exception.
Chinese New Year’s Day falls THIS Saturday, 28th January. There is so much going on in the city of Melbourne to celebrate this event, including spectacular performances and shows as well as, of course, delicious cuisine for you to enjoy. The celebrations run from Chinese New Year’s Eve – on the 27th January – right through to the 12th of February.
Weather should be peaking so pick an event (or two, or three, or four!) and celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 in Melbourne.
Here are some of our favourite picks from the Chinese New Year festivities.
Dragon’s Awakening Ceremony
Head to Melbourne’s famous Chinatown district on Little Bourke Street and see the Chinese Dragon and other street performers this Sunday 29th January. The Dragon will wind its way through the streets of Melbourne as part of his awakening, bringing vivacity and colour to the city.
Grab the kids and be sure to leave room in your stomach as you delight your tastebuds with Asian cuisine from a variety of food stalls! Enjoy traditional performances from local and international talent at the Queen Victoria Market’s Lantern Festival.
The Lantern Festival – or Yuán Xiāo Jié – takes place at Vic Market on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February from 9am-3pm each day.
Head to Crown Casino’s riverside across two weekends to immerse yourself in a world of Asian food, tradition, and entertainment. Activities include dragon and lion processions, cooking demonstrations, food stalls, and other exhibits.
Hawkers’ Bazaar runs on the following dates:
- Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January
- Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th February
Lunar New Year display
While you’re there, make sure you visit the Lunar New Year display at The Atrium at Crown Towers. The vivacious display and bright colours will delight young and old alike! This spectacle runs until 12th February.
More info can be found on Crown’s website.
The pedestrian plaza – right along the banks of the Yarra in Southbank – completely transforms itself for Chinese New Year. Family-friendly activities include:
- Music performances
- A Chinese cultural village
- Dragon boat demonstrations
- Tai Chi lessons
Chinese New Year at Fed Square
Once again, Federation Square solidifies its role as an integral part of any and all events and celebrations happening in Melbourne!
On Saturday, 28th January (remember, that’s Chinese New Year’s Day!) from 10am – 5pm, make your way to Fed Square to enjoy traditional Chinese entertainment on the main stage as well as a variety of fun activities, performers, crafts, and music.
The event aims to bring together people from all cultures and background to enjoy some great food, great entertainment, and great company.
Melbourne Central is holding its first ever Chinese New Year event on Wednesday, 1st February. From 10am-10pm, not only can you squeeze in some great shopping, but you can also watch the dragon’s dance, and collect some free treats and giveaways.
Located just steps away from Chinatown’s Little Bourke Street entrance, the Target Centre shopping mall is transforming itself: 600 red lanterns will cover the ceiling while festivities spill out onto Little Bourke Street.
The origins of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is also referred to as “Lunar New Year”, and the more contemporary “Spring Festival”. Traditionally, the festival honoured deities and ancestors, and today, it is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mauritius, and the Philippines.
Australia’s diverse culture has welcomes Chinese; in fact, Chinese Australians are one of the largest groups of overseas Chinese people. The 2011 Census tells us that almost 94,000 China-born people were living in Victoria, while professionals including doctors, scholars, and investors continue to make the move to Australia. We are lucky to live in such a diverse country!
To all who celebrate, Happy Chinese New Year! We hope the next year brings you much joy, prosperity, and success.
Chinese New Year – CBD parking
Just because New Year’s Eve celebrations were scarcely a month ago, doesn’t mean Melbourne isn’t ready for yet another celebration! Where will we find you?
No matter what hour of the day or day of the week you choose to visit the city to celebrate Chinese New Year, you can count on Le Garage for safe, convenient, and affordable CBD parking. View our rates here, and remember, book online in advance to take advantage of special discounts.