Chinese New Year is fastly approaching, and with it a string of festivities to help you bring in the year of the dog. The festival, which signifies a time for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity, will launch celebrations around the world, Ballarat included.
See what’s on around town to help you welcome in the lunar New Year.
Ballarat Wildlife Park will be hosting Chinese New Year celebration’s on Saturday 27th January. Kicking off from 9am, the Park will offer a range of activities not to be missed, including a Chinese traditional cultural show, face painting, a traditional Peking opera exhibition and experience, Chinese hand writing sessions, Pan flute music, lantern making, professional western massage, Thai Chi and famous Chinese Lion Dance. Café Brolga will also have Chinese food available for purchase throughout the day. And to celebrate the Year of The Dog, photo opportunities will also be available with the parks Alpine Dingo’s, as well as Koala’s and Wombats.
Sovereign Hill will also be hosting festivities across the last two Sundays of February, offering visitors the opportunity to participate in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration. Festivities will include a Chinese New Year Ceremony in the Chinese Camp and a Chinese Dragon and Lion Parade. In conjunction, The Gold Museum will host a Re-awakening The Dragon exhibition, showcasing the museums extensive Chinese collection.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) will be celebrating Chinese New Year through a new display of objects that explore Chinese diaspora on the Australian goldfields. The MADE collection now includes a beautiful example of ceremonial textiles from the Late Qing Dynasty, embodied in a pair embroidered child's festival boots from China, probably Guizhou province, possibly Miao or Yao. The display forms part of the permanent exhibition, currently showing at MADE and is a great time for people to revisit the museum or discover for the first time.