PARLIAMENT House Lawns in Hobart were awash in a sea of colour and culture recently when more than 5,000 people gathered to usher in the Chinese New Year on Monday 8 February.
Organised by the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania (CCAT), the annual Lunar New Year Festival showcased a range of Chinese culture, crafts, animals, displays, food and a lion dance.
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member for Denison Elise Archer said she approved the use of the lawns for the free event and was pleased to see the entire community making the most of the site.
“It was wonderful to see so many people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life celebrating the Chinese New Year,” she said.
“I congratulate organising chairperson James Lee, his committee and CCAT on the growing success of the Lunar New Year Festival.
“I am also very pleased the Tasmanian Government is able to support the Lunar New Year Festival by providing $4,000 to CCAT from the Community Participation and Appeals Fund, as well as contributions from numerous private sponsors and the Hobart City Council.”
In the Chinese calendar, the new year begins on the new moon that occurs between late January and late February.
Each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle, with 2016 the year of the monkey.
Additional Lunar New Year events included a Chinese New Year concert by the Shaanxi Folk Orchestra, Master Wang’s Chinese New Year banquet and a lantern festival.