Celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne’s Docklands

20 January 2017
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What is the year of the Fire Rooster?

The Chinese Zodiac, or Sheng Xiao, is a 12-year cycle, with each year being related to a specific animal and one of five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). The combination of the animal and the element are believed to determine that year’s fortune.

This year we’ll be seeing in the year of the rooster, and fire, its corresponding element for 2017. The combination of the proud, confident, hardworking and punctual rooster with the brilliant and passionate element of fire is heralding predictions that 2017 will be an enterprising and fruitful year, full of new ventures and achievement. Happy New Year!

Chinese Lunar New Year is a big event in Melbourne’s calendar, and this year our city’s on track to offer another world-standard event. From performances and light shows to markets and tours, it’s a wonderful opportunity to take part in the festivities and celebrate the cultural diversity of our city. Think firecrackers, feasts, and fiery dragons!

From 28th January to 4th February, Victoria Harbour will come alive with a stunning Fire Rooster light show, playing out on the façade of 888 Collins Street, arguably Melbourne’s luckiest residential address. The building will come to life in a dazzling display of all the fire rooster represents: luxury, beauty and wealth.

Beginning at sunset and continuing until midnight, the show will play every hour on the hour throughout the fortnight of festivities. 888 Collins Street is located in Victoria Harbour, opposite Library at The Dock. It’s easy to get to from the Melbourne CBD, simply take the number 48 or 11 tram to the end of the line. To soak up the light show in all its glory, head to Buluk Park for the best vantage point!

Chinese New Year celebrations will be taking place across the city from 27th January to 12th February. For more information about the Chinese New Year celebrations in Victoria Harbour and across Melbourne’s CBD, take a look at the dedicated Chinese New Year festival site.
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