All posts tagged: chinese new year

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is all about gathering with family, eating lots of delicious food, playing with firecrackers, buying new clothes and the giving and receiving of red envelopes. It is a time for families to be together. Melbourne offers you a 17 day Chinese New Year festival with activities located from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, through to Docklands and DFO South Wharf. Things you can do while staying with us at The Swanston Grand Mercure and Mercure Welcome – Experience “God of Prosperity’s visit” at Emporium Melbourne Enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast sponsored by Secret Kitchen, located at the corners of Exhibition and Little Bourke Street. Be memorized by the dragons at the Dragon Parade Day throughout Chinatown on 29th of Jan, Sunday. Buy a lantern and hang it on The Lantern Wishing Tree at Cohen Place Watch Asian short films, also at Cohen Place For more activities and festival info visit

Belleville’s Lunar New Year Celebrations

Forget the red packets and ditch the cheap dumplings, Belleville are putting on a Lunar New Year Celebration like no other. Celebrating culture and ALL types of diversity, award winning drag queen, AYSHA BUFFET will be performing a far eastern and fabulous set with her troupe and DJ legend Liz Millar will be spinning the exotic beats until the early morning. Enjoy juicy cocktails along with some oriental menu additions such as ‘Sticky Pork Hock’ (sticky pork hock, burnt orange & lemongrass caramel with red papaya salad). When: 7pm – 1am, February 11 Where: Belleville Melbourne, Swanston St Visit the website here. 

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and if you want to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey we recommend these following celebrations during the Melbourne’s Chinese New Year Festival. Chinese New Year Festival Opening Ceremony – Federation Square Welcome the Year of the Monkey with a spectacular Chinese New Year celebration held across two days at Fed Square! This Saturday marks the official opening ceremony and celebrations will start at 10am, including Chinese lion dance, drumming, beautiful light displays, children’s performances, live music and a variety of stallholders serving up your favourite Chinese dishes. Chinatown – Saturday 6th Feb – Sunday 14 Feb The 2-week program of events will be unveiled and celebrations will commence on the weekend, right here, right in the heart of Melbourne Chinatown, an integral part of the City of Melbourne since the goldrush days of the 1850s. During the day, roving musicians, artists and performers will take to the streets of Chinatown. Traditional figures in Chinese mythology, Chinese traditional musicians and artists will enthral passers-by. Other activities …