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The Year of the Snake approaches 新年快樂

 Friday, 1 February 2013 

Chinese New Year celebrations are only nine days away and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has today encouraged people to come into the city and join the colourful festivities.

The Lord Mayor said 100,000 people were expected in Melbourne next weekend for Chinese New Year, with the City of Melbourne providing more than $75,000 to the Chinese Federation Association for the official celebrations.

“Sunday 10th February will see the city filled with colour and movement, with the traditional dragon parade, firecrackers, lion dances and a big ‘waking the dragon’ ceremony in Chinatown,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Melbourne’s Chinatown is an important traditional experience, and together with the Victorian Government we’ve recently finished upgrading it, just in time for 2013’s Year of the Snake celebrations. 

“The Chinese community holds a special place in our history and with every generation we strengthen our links. This year we celebrate the 33rd year of our sister city relationship with Tianjin, China.

“Chinese New Year is a key part of Melbourne’s events calendar and an important cultural institution and I encourage people to come into the city to enjoy the celebrations.”

The President of the Federation of Chinese Association Vincent Chow thanked the City of Melbourne for their support of the annual festival.

"The City of Melbourne’s support helps to provide the Federation the opportunity to introduce the Chinese culture to our society,” Mr Chow said.