MESSAGE FROM THE RT. HON. LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE

Sally Capp

The City of Melbourne is proud to once again support the Melbourne Chinatown 2020 Chinese New Year Festival.

One of our city’s most-loved events, Chinese New Year is a celebration of cultural heritage, diversity and migration.

Over two weeks, the iconic Chinatown precinct will come alive in an explosion of sound, colour and fun as revellers usher in the Year of the Rat; a promising year for new beginnings and renewal. From feasting to firecrackers, there’s plenty for everyone.

On New Year’s Eve, join the party at Chinatown Square and experience the thrill of the midnight countdown, set against a stunning red and gold backdrop.

Marvel as the magnificent Dai Loong Big Dragon winds his way through our streets, spreading good luck and festive cheer. Watch as traditional lion dancers scare off any malevolent and malicious elements still skulking around.

he celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with kid friendly fun activities, cultural performances, delicious food and much more.

I wish you all a safe, prosperous and productive Year of the Rat.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to everyone attending this year’s Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival.

This New Year ushers in the Year of the Rat, it is a year associated with acumen, resourcefulness and intelligence.

Celebrations such as this Festival go to the heart of our nation’s multicultural character, and the diversity that gives us strength.

We are a country built on many cultures, and every community group, and every cultural tradition, is an indelible part of who we are.

The privilege and responsibility enjoyed by all of us to accept and respect one another regardless of who we are or where we have come from is the promise of Australia.

It is why people from all the countries of the world have come here to call this land home, and have made us one of the most happy and harmonious nations on earth.

The Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival is a reminder of all the contributions Chinese Australians have made to our nation over many generations of hard work and creative endeavour.

extend my thanks to the organisers and to everyone attending the celebrations this year. May you have an enjoyable and memorable time together with family and friends, and a prosperous and auspicious New Year恭喜發財, 萬事如意!

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

t is with great pleasure I wish everyone attending the Melbourne Dai Loong Association’s 2020 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival a happy Lunar New Year. Not only is it the longest and important festivity on the Chinese calendar, it has also become a cherished fixture of the Australian summer.

The coming Year of the Rat places particular emphasis on diligence, positivity, industriousness and thriftiness. Any year that emphasises those qualities is a very welcome one indeed.

I would also like to acknowledge the success and vibrancy of the Chinese community in Australia. You have played such a crucial role in building the success of Australian multiculturalism that it is impossible to imagine this country without you.

As federal leader of the Australian Labor Party, I wish you all good health, success and prosperity for the Year of the Rat

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Leader of the Opposition

MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

It is my pleasure to send my best wishes to Victoria’s Chinese community as you welcome the Year of the Rat.

The Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival is one of the biggest, and most iconic, cultural events in Victoria and the 2020 program is one of the most exciting yet.

Year on year, the growing festivities of Chinese New Year have helped make Melbourne the culturally vibrant, diverse and popular destination it is today, where migrant stories are proudly celebrated.

I congratulate the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for its tremendous efforts to deliver such a spectacular festival, which encourages all Victorians to enjoy Chinese culture and our state’s vibrant multiculturalism.

I wish our Chinese community much happiness and prosperity in the Year of the Metal Rat.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Premier

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE STATE OPPOSITION

The Hon Michael O’Brien MP

Considered one of our State’s most anticipated multicultural events, the Chinese New Year Festival is embraced and enjoyed by all Victorians, and is a celebration our State’s remarkable cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.

This is a time of joy and renewal, where our towns and streets overflow with the spirit of friendship, goodwill and hospitality, shared so generously by our thriving and dynamic Chinese community.

All Victorians are thankful to our extraordinary Chinese community for preserving and sharing its rich heritage and traditions, and for enriching our society in so many ways.

I commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association Inc. for its efforts in bringing this Festival together, year after year, and for its ongoing commitment to multiculturalism across our society.

To all Victorians, I off er my warmest wishes for good fortune, good health, and happiness in the Year of the Rat.

The Hon Michael O’Brien MP

Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
Shadow Minister for Small Business
State Member for Malvern

MESSAGE FROM THE CHINESE CONSULATE GENERAL IN MELBOURNE

Long Zhou

On behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, I wish to extend my best wishes and warm congratulations to the 2020 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival. I’d also like to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all friends who have supported and contributed to the dynamic cooperation between Victoria and China.

As a highlight of Victoria’s multicultural calendar, Chinese New Year is synonymous with community celebration, optimism and good will, and is a wonderful example of the success of the Chinese community developing and living in this land. During the Festival, we are embracing so many exciting events showcasing Chinese culture, and I hope the celebration of the Chinese New Year will provide a platform for the Australian people to better understand the Chinese culture and further deepen the friendship between our two countries.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat.

Long Zhou

Consul-General of the
People’s Republic of China in
Melbourne

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CHINATOWN PRECINCT ASSOCIATION INC

Danny Doon JP

Legend has it that the Rat is the fi rst animal in the Chinese Zodiac because it was the fi rst to reach Buddha when a race was called for all animals to help protect the year. The Year of the Rat is recognised as an auspicious year for business prosperity, with fast development in an adaptive yet stable environment.

The Rat energy recognises needs vs wants. People who work with Rat spirit love the beautiful things in life but recognise that essentials must come fi rst. When Fortune smiles with a gift, it is held close to the heart like a treasure, kept safe for needier times.

The resourceful Rat endures and survives, no matter how dire the circumstances. It moves into safe corners and cracks of reality, scavenging whatever it needs from what the rest of the world leaves behind as useless. In this respect, it is the ultimate recycler and symbolises clever re-purposing.

The Rat’s symbolism is beautiful and meaningful so if you are starting a new business or partnership, welcome the Rat as your animal spirit guide to help you succeed especially through lean times. The intelligence of the Rat, combined with its quick-wittedness, will seek the best leads and deals, without over-encumbering the endeavour.

I would like to congratulate the Melbourne Dai Loong Association (MDLA) as the endorsed Organisation to manage the Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival. Our Chinatown Precinct Association Inc. is very happy to be able to work together with MDLA to deliver the Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival.

I wish everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year “Kung Hei Fatt Choi / Gong Xi Fa Cai”.

Danny Doon JP

President
Chinatown Precinct
Association Inc