At assembly on Monday, 16 February, we’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year with a Lion Dance performed by the Chinese Masonic Society. Please wear red (which symbolises fortune, good luck, and joy) or any Asian dress up clothing or hat.
In 2015, which is the Year of the Goat, Chinese or Lunar New Year is officially on Thursday, 19 February. It is based on the lunar calendar and many other countries besides China observe one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. It is a time for families and friends to get together and is the biggest, most exciting event of the year.
No New Year is complete without the appearance of the lucky dragon or lion. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and cymbals with the dragon dancing aggressively can evict bad or evil spirits. The dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the customer and the lion dance team is rewarded with a red packet/envelope containing money.
Chinese New Year events you may like to attend:
To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, ACMI lights up with a special evening of family activities including magical green screen workshops, lantern making demonstrations, free film screenings, and extended opening hours for the Yang Fudong: Filmscapes exhibition.
Thursday, 19 Feb. FREE
Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year. A Chinese-themed story time session will be followed by a craft activity where kids will make a Chinese dragon mask.
Saturday, 21 Feb. 10:30am FREE
Chinese New Year Melbourne