Friday, 8 February 2013
新 年 快 樂
**Embargoed until Sunday 10th February**
The City of Melbourne today ushers in the Year of the Snake.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle encouraged people to come into the city and join the festivities.
“We expect 100,000 people in Melbourne today for Chinese New Year, with the City of Melbourne providing more than $75,000 to the Federation of Chinese Associations for the official celebrations,” the Lord Mayor said.
“I am particularly looking forward to the traditional ‘waking the dragon’ ceremony and parade in Chinatown, and the firecrackers and lion dances.”
The President of the Federation of Chinese Association Vincent Chow thanked the City of Melbourne for its support of the annual festival.
"The City of Melbourne’s support helps to provide the Federation with an opportunity to introduce the Chinese culture to our society,” Mr Chow said.
The Lord Mayor said he is confident the Year of the Snake will be a prosperous one for the City of Melbourne.
“The Year of the Snake is about steady progress, attention to detail and challenge, and the City of Melbourne is keen to continue working with our community to make the most of our great city.”