Rooster display among highlights of South Coast Plaza's Lunar New Year celebration

I'm committed to supporting the annual Chinese New Year celebrations and promoting Chinese culture in the capital more than any other Mayor has done before. That was the last year that the Chinese Zodiac saw the year of the Fire Rooster, which comes around every six decades; the celebrities turning 60 this year include Donny Osmond, British actor Stephen Fry, and Swedish actor, martial artist, screenwriter and producer Dolph Lundgren.

Many people already know that red is associated with luck and prosperity, hence all the fiery hues you see on Lunar New Year decorations and clothing. Grass gardens feature orange and yellow lilies symbolic of rebirth and growth.

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is considered Chinas most important traditional festival.

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These days, many people are using apps to give these traditional New Year's gifts electronically. Open the doors and windows at midnight to send out the old year and welcome the new.

For Malaysians, CNY brings a long break and the opportunity to strengthen the unity within the Malaysian plural society. According to Chinese astrology, people can expect obstacles and bad luck in their zodiac year.

"We have a special visit today, we have the lion dancers coming in from 9.30am to 11.30am and they will be parading around the site and dancing on to the shops and collecting little red envelopes and wishing luck and prosperity", he told Macquarie Radio. For example, if you were born in 1993, your sign would be the Rooster - unless you were born before January 22, the lunar new year that year. Apart from new clothes, with red being an auspicious colour, another important item on the checklist is peach blossom. Just get out your chopsticks and go! Red dates, dyed pumpkin seeds and pomegranates are often found on the table during Chinese New Year.

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It's also mandatory to start the New Year eating General Tso's Chicken.

Over the past three decades, the celebrations have also become a tradition for Chopsticks.

In recent years, the Chinese government has figured out that this practice might not be so good for the environment and has attempted to crackdown on the characteristic spontaneous fireworks displays.

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The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival runs at numerous locations until February 12, covering Queensbridge Square through Chinatown to Docklands and the Chinese Museum.

Many of these trips will be made by students and migrant workers, traveling home from large cities.

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