Lanterns light up Bendigo's Joss House Temple 

BENDIGO Joss House Temple will welcome in the Chinese New Year with a traditional lantern festival tomorrow. 

The temple will be decked out with lanterns, which have been specially decorated by children at Bendigo Early Learning Centre.

Bendigo Joss House Temple supervisor Darren Wright said Chinese New Year was considered the most important traditional Chinese holiday.

“Chinese New Year is celebrated over a period of 15 days and traditionally the lantern festival is held on the last day of the celebration,” he said.

Mr Wright said this was the third year the Bendigo Joss House Temple would hold the lantern festival, while historically the festival had existed for two millenniums. He said the Bendigo Chinese Association Lion teams and Plum Blossom Dancers would perform during the evening and refreshments would be provided.

Mr Wright said anyone is available to attend the free event, which kicks off at 6.30pm at the Bendigo Joss House Temple at Emu Point in Finn Street. 

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