The commercial center of Preston ushered in the Chinese Lunar New Year on the 21st of February with an exciting street festival.
The celebration involved a variety of live performances, such as lion dancing, Chinese acrobatics, Kung Fu, group dances and pop music. Many people took part in cultural stall activities like lantern painting, traditional childhood games, mask painting, Chinese calligraphy and Ping-Pong, while the face painting attracted a very enthusiastic crowd.
Professor Likun Pei, Director of the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University, said that "The Confucius Institute is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Chinese culture in local communities. This is firmly aligned with the University's strategy for community engagement."
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2015 is the Year of Goat. People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance.
"The year of the Goat is always associated with a lot of good wishes in China. We would like to take the opportunity wish everyone good luck and be successful in either personal life or career in the Lunar New Year" said Professor Pei.
Preston Central spokeswoman, Penny Jamieson, said that the festival aims to promote the multicultural community that exists in Melbourne's north. "Preston is a multicultural suburb in the City of Darebin and is one where our Asian community has been growing rapidly in the recent years. This important event on the Chinese calendar is recognised and promoted as a free celebration in the shopping centre, which brings the local community together and allows them to experience different cultures. We hope this event will grow annually in the future", Penny said.
This event was co-organized by the Confucius Institute of La Trobe University, Preston Central and Preston Market. It is the second year the three parties have jointly presented the fabulous festival to the community in the northern Melbourne.