Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival


Chinese Year of the Rooster

From 27th January until 12th February Melbourne will celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival – The Year of the Rooster.

The Rooster is the tenth of the Chinese Zodiac signs – all animals. It is the only bird in the Chinese Zodiac. The Rooster is under the influence of the fire element in 2017, making it the year of the Fire Rooster.

The Rooster represents Fidelity and Punctuality. To be born under the sign of the Rooster it is said you will be beautiful, kind hearted, hard working and courageous, independent, humorous and honest, yet also potentially arrogant, self aggrandising, manipulative, wild and gullible.

As always there will be significant events and festivities based around Chinatown – the Lt Bourke St Precinct; from Swanston St East to Exhibition St, spilling onto Russell St, Exhibition St and central locations such as The Emporium and Chinatown Square.

Check for festival events and details.

In the Chinatown precinct from Monday 23rd of January until Saturday 27th of January roving musicians, artists and performers will entertain visitors throughout the day and night.

Most exciting for families and children will be the Dragon Parade. The Dragon, residing in the Chinese Museum, Dai Loong will be awakened and proceed down Little Bourke St towards the main stage area. This occurs between 11.30am and 1.00pm on Sunday the 29th of January.

Throughout the day Chinese Lions will bring in the New Year, blessing all the businesses in Chinatown with a wall of drumming, firecrackers and noise.

The official opening of the New Year Festival takes place on Sunday the 29th of January on the corner of Russell St and Lt Bourke St – literally 3 doors from our store entrance. A full evening of cultural performances will follow.

Hawkers stores will spring up on Russell St offering traditional New Years treats and traditional foods and of course Tang: The Asian Food Emporium is open from 10am to 11pm everyday for drinks, confectionery and snacks.

For a full program for the Chinatown precinct you can go to to check on times and locations of all events.

And after you’ve enjoyed the delicious foods and treats, move up the street to the corner of Russell St and Lonsdale St between 6pm and 9pm for Pop Asia DJ and dancers early evening followed by Chinese dancers and singers celebrating into the night.

Tang: The Asian Food Emporium is open all day everyday until 11pm. Drop in for a full range of delicious snacks, confectionery, drinks and chocolates from Asia and China. Come and celebrate in true Chinese Style – in Chinatown.


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