Chinese New Year celebrations begin on New Year's Eve on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar and last for about a week. Chinatown in Melbourne has existed for over 160 years. During this time, the Chinese diaspora has kept its traditions. The streets of the Chinese Quarter are decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns. During the days of the festivities, a series of special events are launched here: open cinemas, street food stalls with Chinese food, cultural martial arts seminars, and dance lessons.
Chinese Lunar New Year Festival (February 11, 2024)
Thousands of spectators flock to Chinatown to see the CYSM Lion Dance Performance at 10.30 am, followed by the festival's Opening Ceremony on the Main Stage at the intersection of Russell Street and Lonsdale Street at 11.30 am. The festivities feature music, food, and cultural demonstrations by Melbourne's Chinese and other Asian communities. The Main Stage hosts vibrant performances, which last for the whole day. The market stalls offer souvenirs and gifts for any taste.
Dragon Boat Festival (February 25, 2024)
Docklands offers its own colorful Lunar New Year Festival, featuring amazing dragon boat racing. The festival starts at 8 am with a solemn ceremony to awaken the dragons and bless the boats. The action culminates with an exciting race along Victoria Harbour to the beat of the drums, with thousands of spectators cheering on paddlers. The festival also features lion dances, cultural performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.