BENDIGO Senior Secondary College welcomed in the year of the horse with a colourful Chinese Lantern Festival yesterday.
The lantern festival is the last event of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
It is a time where families get together and enjoy riddles, watch the Chinese lanterns and eat sweet dumplings.
BSSC assistant principal Linda Lyons said the college tried to make its Chinese students feel part of a family.
"BSSC’s Chinese students are away from their own families, so we try to provide a celebration at the college which enables them to feel part of the BSSC family and enjoy some traditions from home," she said.
Ms Lyons said the college placed great importance on education to develop and support Chinese language and culture.
She said there were free conversational Chinese language classes on offer that focus on understanding Chinese culture.
The classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.45am to 8.30am, and from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday evenings.
Those interested should contact Ms Lyons on 5443 1222.
Meanwhile the Bendigo Joss House Temple will celebrate Chinese New Year on Sunday with a traditional Chinese Lantern Festival.
Bendigo Joss House Temple supervisor Darren Wright said the Bendigo Chinese Association's Lion Teams and Plum Blossom Dancers would perform.
"Chinese New Year is considered the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and we have chosen to celebrate it with a traditional Chinese Lantern Festival," he said.
“The lanterns, which will be on display throughout the evening, have been specially decorated by children from the Bendigo Early Learning Centre and will look quite spectacular against the backdrop of the red walls of the Joss House."
The festival will take place from 6.30pm until late.
Gold coin donations are welcomed.
More for information visit the Bendigo Joss House Temple website.