Chinese New Year gallops into Bendigo

DANCERS cantered through a colourful parade at the Bendigo Chinese precinct to celebrate the year of the horse.

The Chinese New Year celebrations were pushed back due to the heat but they didn't fail to draw a strong crowd to the Dai Gum San Saturday night.

New dragon, Fei Loong, was unveiled for the event.

Fei Loong - meaning flying dragon - was awoken in a traditional ceremony and was met with rousing cheers as it weaved through the crowd.

Dancers and martial arts displays also proved popular.

Golden Dragon Museum Education Officer Tan See Tuang said Fei Loong was a special addition that would come out at each New Year event.

Mr Tan said the Chinese New Year was about families celebrating together.

He said his grandson had come up to Bendigo to be at the event with him.

"It's a special celebration as a family and as a community," he said.

It's a special celebration as a family and as a community - Tan See Tuang

"It's always great seeing young people and families come along.

"We were thinking there may be less people because of the heat but it was a very good crowd."

Mr Tan said the year of the horse signalled energy and good spirits. He said for many families the New Year celebration would extend for 15 days with more dancing, feasts, and red packets of money given out to younger family members.

Martial art performer Damien Mason said he was excited to be part of the celebration.

He said it was the first time he had displayed his sword moves in front of a large crowd.

"I train a fair bit for it and it's always good to perform. I'd love to do more events," he said.

Bendigo Chinese Association secretary Faye Lougoon said the focus now turned to the Bendigo Easter Parade.

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