Chinese New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Dragon procession aerial viewAs the Year of the Dragon puts out its flames for the next eleven years, the wise and cunning snake slithers in on 10 February to preside over 2013. Find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is.

The city will be celebrating this auspicious occasion on Sunday 10 February with a myriad of opportunities for you to be entertained, shop, learn and of course feast!

Kung Hei Fat Choi – or, we wish you a prosperous new year!

Big fun in Little China

Expect to see a hive of activity in Little Bourke Street, filled with the sounds of firecrackers, the tantalising fragrance of fried garlic and the largest processional dragon in the world – the Millennium Dragon – which will make its appearance at 12.30pm. Book a table at a nearby Chinese restaurant to experience Chinese lion dancers and traditional Chinese New Year fare.

There’ll be more activities than you can poke a chopstick at with lots of street food stalls, karaoke competitions, arts and craft and more. Find your star sign in the illuminated Chinese zodiac symbols in Market Lane, Crossley Street and Liverpool Street. There will also be a hawkers market at Yarra Promenade, Southbank. Don’t forget the best place to watch the 10.45pm fireworks is from Eureka Skydeck 88, open late on 10 February.

Chinese New Year dragons

Get a free education

At the Chinese Museum, all visitors will be offered free entry on the day and you can learn about the customs around food, luck and tradition for Chinese New Year. Find out why Chinese love the colour red, why it’s necessary to leave the head and the feet on a chicken during a new year feast and what scares evil spirits. There will also be outdoor dance classes from 10.30am to 11.30am every Saturday until 30 March. And don’t forget, it’s your last chance to see the amazing 15 metre Water Dragon at the museum made entirely from recycled water bottles – it will come down on 13 February.

Processional dragon at the Chinese Museum

The Four Tenors

Direct from the Shanghai International Arts Festival, four of China’s leading tenors will sing with Orchestra Victoria for the first festival program presented outside of China. Expect to hear all your operatic favourites from the west, and enjoy distinctive eastern opera done China-style.

The Four Tenors

The Chinese New Year celebration is on Sunday 10 February at Chinatown. View the full program of Chinese New Year events taking place in the city.