Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse.
Chinese people all around the world will begin celebrating this very significant occasion today, as it marks the beginning of the first new moon of the Lunar New Year and continues until the end on the full moon day.
Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, has welcomed the New Year by acknowledging the Chinese people in his electorate. “It is a very special time for the Chinese community of my electorate, as they welcome the Year of the Horse, a symbol of prosperity, good luck and health in 2014.
“The festivities reflect the richness and vibrancy of the Chinese culture in our community. In Knox alone, over 8,000 people will celebrate the Chinese New Year, and 5.6 percent of the population in Knox speak Cantonese or Mandarin at home.
“Chinese New Year is one of the longest celebrations as it is spans 15 days. I have always enjoyed embracing the Chinese tradition, cuisine and entertainment during this period.
This Sunday, Mr Tudge will represent the Prime Minister at the opening ceremony of the Federation of Chinese Associations New Year Festival in Chinatown, Melbourne.
“I feel very honoured and privileged to be able to attend this wonderful occasion. As a country, we are so fortunate and proud to have such a rich culture of Chinese heritage.
“I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year and every possible success for the next twelve months,” Mr Tudge said.