Chinese New Year

As You Know, Lunar New Year has a history dating back thousands of years and is one of the oldest and most important traditions in Asian culture. It is celebrated widely by Asian communities all over the world. Lunar New Year is the celebration of the beginning of spring (in the northern hemisphere) as well as the New Year.

Festivities mark the beginning of the 15 days’ observing ancient traditions, customs and honouring our rich community culture.

No matter what the country, religion or race, New Year’s Day is a time for family reunions, gatherings and reflection and for reaffirming bonds.

Lunar New Year in 2017 will herald the Year of the Rooster, the tenth zodiac sign of the Chinese zodiac cycle.

Chinese New Year 2017 begins on Saturday 28th January

 

Community Celebration

Date: Saturday 28th January 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Dai Gum San precinct

Cost: Free 

Enquiries: Email secretary@bendigochinese.org.au

Qingming Festival

The Qingming Festival is a day for honouring ones ancestors by caring for their graves. In Chinese tradition there are several festivals in the year dedicated to the ancestors. In the modern era the Qingming festival has become the most prominent of those. On this day descendents careful clean and sweep their ancestor’s grave to remove any bad energies or qithat may have built up since the last time the grave was cleaned.

Wong Loong – Awakening of the Dragon

The first part of the “awakening” takes place a week before Easter with the ceremony of “Wong Loong” (Dragon Blessing), when the dragon is blessed by three elders of the Bendigo Chinese Association and fed with Pomelo leaves to the accompaniment of lion dancing, drums, cymbals, dancing and martial arts. The “Wong Loong” ceremony takes place before invited guests from all over Victoria and the Chinese community. This is an occasion for members of the Bendigo Chinese Association to say “thank you” to their many friends for their support throughout the year.

This is a private event.

Bendigo Chinese Association – Easter Festival

The Chinese Procession has been a major part of the Easter Processions since 1871 and a dragon known as ‘Loong’ first appeared in 1892. The name Loong simply means Dragon. ‘Loong’ retired in 1970 (but reappeared in 2001 for the centenary of Federation parade in Melbourne) and is now on display in the award winning Golden Dragon Museum.

Loong’s replacement is Sun Loong and first appeared in 1970. Sun Loong is the longest Imperial Dragon in the world.

There are 7 sections to the present Chinese part of the Procession, which displays the costumes of the Lead, Philosophy, Military, Princess, Student, Dragon, and Dragon attendants. Some of this regalia can be seen in the Museum today.

The Chinese on the Bendigo goldfields brought Loong from Canton to aid the local charities. But before a dragon can appear at a procession, he has to be “awakened” from his yearlong sleep. A great deal of noise is required to waken him. This is done through the use of 100,000 firecrackers and the banging of drums and other instruments.

 

2017 Chinese Spring Festival

Date: Saturday 15th April 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Dai Gum San precinct, 1-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

Cost: Free

 

2017 Awakening of the Dragon 

Date: Saturday 15th April 2017

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue: Dai Gum San precinct, 1-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

Cost: Free

Harvest Moon Festival

The Harvest Moon festival is celebrated in different forms throughout many Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, India, Thailand and China. Although, celebrations are different in each country the festivals share common themes of thanksgiving for the harvest, future prosperity and health of families and friends.

Date: TBC
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
VenueDai Gum San precinct
1-11 Bridge St Bendigo
Cost: Free