MESSAGE FROM THE RT. HON. LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE

Sally Capp

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival.

The City of Melbourne is proud to once again support the Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival, one
of our city’s most-loved events, a celebration of cultural heritage, diversity and migration.

Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to celebrate together.

Over two weeks, Melbourne’s iconic Chinatown precinct will come alive with festive decorations and lighting,
traditional music, cultural performances, food and free activities.

Local traders will come together to welcome visitors and celebrate the Year of the Ox.

The City of Melbourne has been working closely with the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and Chinatown
Melbourne to ensure Chinese New Year celebrations can be delivered in a COVID-safe way.

On behalf of the City of Melbourne, I wish you all a safe, prosperous and productive Year of the Ox.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

As the celebrations for this Lunar New Year begin, my thoughts are filled with gratitude and pride. I have never felt more proud of Australians, or thankful for who we are as a people

Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on Earth. We celebrate Lunar New Year with joy – knowing it is a reflection of the free, open and inclusive people that we have become. As our National Anthem declares “we are one and free”.

2020 was a difficult year for all of us. In turning from 2020, we lift our heads and look forward – to a better year.

It’s fitting that, in this Year of the Ox, we champion the qualities of strength and courage that brought us through 2020.

The Ox works as part of a team. It is calm, conscientious and hard-working. Qualities needed in any time but particularly in ours.

These qualities will be the mainstay of our endurance in 2021.

I know, for many, the celebration of this Lunar New Year will be different. Cherished family reunions, or the festivals of dragons and lanterns, will not be like they have been in past times

Though our traditions and celebrations will be different this year, we all carry within us an optimism and hope for better times.

With a safe and effective vaccine almost at hand, I have confidence that our full-hearted celebrations will return when we prevail over this great challenge.

I send my warm greetings and wishes for a better 2021. Happy Lunar New Year.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION OF AUSTRALIA

Anthony Albanese MP

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone celebrating at the 2021 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival. After what has been a challenging year, it is wonderful that the organisers have been able to find a way to bring Melburnians together to celebrate the Lunar New Year in a safe way.

Among the core themes of the Year of the Ox are diligence, honesty and persistence. Every one of these is a value that will stand us in good stead as we emerge from this time of pandemic and begin the recovery.

As always, I would like to acknowledge the Chinese community. You are such an intrinsic part of the success of Australia’s multiculturalism that it is impossible to imagine this country without you.

As Leader of the Australian Labor Party, I wish Chinese Australians good health, success, luck, happiness and prosperity for the Year of the Ox. After all the challenges of 2020, may your celebrations be a joyous sign of better times to come.

Anthony Albanese MP

Leader of the Australian Labor Party

MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF VICTORIA

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

On behalf of our state, I’d like to wish all Chinese Victorians a very happy Chinese New Year.

This occasion provides an opportunity for all Victorians to share in the rich traditions of New Year celebrations.

From Melbourne’s Chinatown to every corner of Victoria, the Chinese community makes our state better, stronger and fairer. Thank you for the contribution you make to our community.

I hope the Year of the Ox brings you and your family good health and prosperity.

新年快樂 萬事如意

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Premier

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE VICTORIAN STATE OPPOSITION

The Hon Michael O’Brien MP

It gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes to our Chinese community as it comes together to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 – the Year of the Ox.

Chinese New Year is an exciting and vibrant time in Victoria, and something we look forward to every year. Celebrated by people across Australia and throughout the world, Chinese New Year is one of Victoria’s most celebrated multicultural events

For all Victorians, the Chinese New Year represents an opportunity to come together with family and friends to experience our Chinese community’s rich cultural heritage while enjoying Victoria’s extraordinary multiculturalism.

In 2021, we enter the Year of the Ox, an animal that symbolises strength, reliability, stability, patience, inspiring confidence in others – characteristics shared by Victoria’s Chinese community.

The Chinese community has a long and proud history in Victoria, making an invaluable contribution to every aspect of our social, cultural, economic, and spiritual life.

At no other time is this contribution more evident than during Chinese New Year, when Victoria’s streets and restaurants overflow in celebration of this beautiful event.

I wish the Melbourne Dai Loong Association, its members, supporters and our entire Chinese community. happy, safe, and prosperous Year of the Ox.

祝大家新年快樂

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 MINISTER FOR MULTICULURAL AFFAIRS OF VICTORIA

The Hon Ros Spence MP

From my family to yours, I send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating the 2021 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival.

As a much-loved feature of Victoria’s cultural calendar, the Festival’s exceptional 2021 programme is all the more impressive given the challenges we have faced over the past year. There truly is something for everyone at the Festival, from blossoms to badminton, Mahjong to movies, and more – and who can resist Chinatown’s fantastic cuisine and tea?

Each year, the Festival presents an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate the immense contribution that Victoria’s Chinese community make to our state’s rich diversity.

I commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and all those who worked together for your commitment and innovation in delivering this highly anticipated event. Thank you.

May the Year of the Ox bring you peace and prosperity.

The Hon Ros Spence MP

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON OF VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

Ms Vivienne Nguyen

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission I would like to wish every member of Victoria who is of Chinese heritage, and those joining in from interstate or even overseas, a very happy new year.

The new year is a time to reflect on closing the year behind us and look to the year ahead.  Characteristics of the Ox are strength and determination, something that is needed as we make our way though the recovery period of the pandemic.

It has indeed been a very tough year for all, and the Chinese community in particular has been through a great deal. I am proud of and grateful for the community’s enormous efforts in looking after each other, rising above uncalled for behaviour by some and bouncing back strongly across all aspects of society.

I am not at all surprised.  That’s always the spirit of this community.

The Chinese community’s commitment to sharing traditions with the rest of the state is a testament to your resilience and our appreciation demonstrates how important you are to this state and nation.

This is multicultural Victoria, and we have every reason to be proud, every reason to protect and every reason to promote it.  The Melbourne Dailoong Association Inc has put in an incredible amount of work in bringing everyone together on this special New Year celebration.  This effort is a clear example of how we live, share and celebrate in this country.

Victorian Multicultural Commission looks forward to continuing to work with Victoria’s Chinese community throughout 2021.

Congratulations, and have a happy, healthy, and safe new year.

Ms Vivienne Nguyen

Chair of Victorian Multicultural Commission

MESSAGE FROM THE CHINESE CONSULATE GENERAL IN MELBOURNE

LONG Zhou

On the occasion of the traditional Chinese New Year, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, our best wishes and warmest festive greetings to the Chinese community in Victoria. I also wish to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to all those who have supported and contributed to the strong cooperation between Victoria and China.

2020 was an extraordinary year. Facing the sudden COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world have been fighting against the coronavirus with enormous resolve and courage. During the days when we addressed the hardships together, we have seen the heroic spirit of taking responsibility to get through thick and thin, sacrifices with bravery, and touching moments of helping each other. I’m convinced that winter cannot stop the arrival of spring. There is no doubt that humanity will prevail over the virus and emerge even stronger from this battle.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year is an iconic tradition of the Chinese culture, which promotes friendship, harmony, peace and prosperity. The Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival has become a highlight on Victoria’s multicultural calender, a showcase of the vitality of the Chinese community and a symbol of Victoria-China friendship.

I wish the 2021 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival a complete success and wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Ox!

LONG Zhou

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