Chinese New Year was celebrated in the Goulburn Valley with festivities hosted by the Goulburn Valley Chinese Association, supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
Chinese New Year celebrations took place at the Mooroopna Golf Club on Sunday, 5 February, 2017. The Chinese Association of the Goulburn Valley hosted the event with smorgasbord meal, Dragon dancing and speeches from local dignitaries. In attendance were Hon. Suzannah Sheed MLA, Hon. Wendy Lovell MP, and the Mayor of Greater Shepparton, Cr. Dinny Adem. Many Chinese were in attendance, and speeches were translated into Mandarin.
Dignitaries at Chinese New Year Celebration
Year of the Rooster
The rooster ranks tenth amongst the Chinese zodiac animals and is the only bird in the Chinese zodiac. Years of the rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029. The rooster is under the influence of the fire element in 2017, making it the Year of the Fire Rooster.
The rooster represents fidelity and punctuality. People born in a year of the rooster are on the one hand said to be beautiful, kind hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous and honest, and on the other hand, arrogant, self-aggrandising, manipulative, wild and gullible.
Roosters are happiest when surrounded by others, whether at a party or a social gathering. They are loyal, make devoted friends and always keep their promises. They enjoy the spotlight and exude charm when in it. However, continuously seeking the unwavering attention of others can annoy people around them at times.
People born in a year of the rooster are typically healthy people and are more motivated than other animals in the Chinese zodiac, making their careers a priority in their lives. Good career choices for roosters include sales roles, hospitality, hairdressing, public relations roles, teaching, journalism, medicine, firefighting and roles in law enforcement.
You can view images of Chinese New Year celebrated around the world here.
The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival’s Year of the Rooster celebrations present a cohesive cultural experience for locals and visitors alike, offering spectacular lighting installations, cultural performances, food experiences and activities designed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate. So, welcome to a delightful melding of heritage, culture and hospitality from 27 January to 12 February 2017. Visit Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival
Chinese Dragons, Mooroopna Golf Club, courtesy Bendigo Lion Dancers