On 5 February, we’ll be welcoming a new year in the lunar calendar, the Year of the Pig. In Chinese tradition, the Year of the Pig completes the full zodiac rotation, so it’s thought to bring a sense of renewal and positivity for the year ahead.
Get in the spirit and don red, white and gold (the lucky colours for the Year of the Pig) and join these Chinese New Year celebrations in Victoria Harbour:
Where to eat:
A reunion dinner is traditionally held on New Year's Eve (4 February 2019) of the Chinese New Year where family and friends get together to celebrate a new beginning. It’s often considered the most important meal of the entire year, so it’s customary to eat what the Chinese consider to be lucky foods such as fish and dumplings.
Wondering where you can find great dumplings in the precinct?
Honey Tang’s Dumpling House
To ring in the new year, Honey Tang’s Dumpling House is introducing a set menu designed especially for group or family gatherings. It will cost $40 per person and run from 4-8 February. Make sure you book by calling them on 03 9620 1113.
Find Honey Tang’s Dumpling House at 6/850 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour.
What to watch:
Chinese New Year lights up the sky
Light House in Victoria Harbour will be presenting a special light show for Chinese New Year from Monday 4 February to Tuesday 19 February. Head to 888 Collins to view the Year of the Pig themed lights from dusk every night. The show will be spectacular displaying flying Chinese dragons, floating lanterns and lucky gold coins falling from the sky.
Light House is best viewed from Buluk Park 894 – 910 Collins St, Docklands.
Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Regatta
Dragon Boat Victoria will be presenting the Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Festival on 16-17 February. They will start each day with a unique eye dotting ceremony, where people will draw eyes on the dragons painted on the boats, to awaken them and ensure safe racing. The festival will blend tradition and heart-stopping action as teams race through the water to the sound of beating drums. The festival also includes cultural performances and a traditional lion dance, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Spectators and cheer squads are encouraged, and teams should be registered with Dragon Boat Victoria by 21 January 2019.
Find the Dragon Boat Club in Victoria Harbour at 912 Collins St, Docklands