Chinese New Year | ROAR in the Year of the Tiger! | Bendigo Advertiser

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Tiger at a free family event on Saturday, February 5 starting at 7 p.m.

Lunar New Year is an important celebration in many parts of Asia, including China, Singapore and Malaysia. It marks the arrival of spring and the beginning of the traditional lunar calendar.

It is a festival that focuses particularly on families, when houses are decorated in bright colors and young people receive silver gifts in bright red envelopes. Special dishes are prepared and eaten with festivities that end 15 days after the start of the new year. The Chinese in Bendigo have retained many of their traditional customs that the Chinese brought with them during the Gold Rush.

These traditions have been passed down from generation to generation and provide an important historical and cultural connection to distant and ancient places and peoples.

The tiger is the third ranked animal in the Chinese zodiac of 12 animals and is a symbol of strength and bravery with the ability to exorcise evils. Considered the king of animals in China, wearing a tiger image would bring good luck, especially if you are a child.

The Lunar New Year begins on February 1, 2022 and the festivities in Bendigo will take place on the evening of Saturday February 5, from 7 p.m. Presented by the Bendigo Chinese Association (BCA), they will include performances by the BCA Lion and Plum Blossom Dance teams as well as presentations by Master Liu, an internationally renowned martial arts promoter.

Firecrackers will herald the arrival of Fei Loong, the glittering, red and gold “flying” dragon who only appears to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the “luminous” dragon, Gwong Loong.

This is a COVID-safe and free event supported by the Victorian Government.

Noodles, rice and drinks will be available on site from 6:30 p.m., as well as ice cream, souvenirs and toilets at the Museum. The Bendigo Chinese Association and the Golden Dragon Museum welcome SBS as a major sponsor of this year’s Lunar New Year festivities.

As Australia’s most diverse broadcaster and passionate about celebrating our communities, their support of this event is a wonderful demonstration of their commitment not only to our multicultural society, but also to regional communities here and across the Australia.

The Tiger is a symbol of strength and bravery

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