MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF MELBOURNE DAI LOONG ASSOCIATION INC
Sun Nin Fai Lok / Xin Nian Kuai Le / Happy New Year
Perhaps we should wish you a Better New Year as we bid farewell to the Ox. Last year, we had hoped we could return to normal and reclaim what we had lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it looks like the new norm is here to stay. We have had to learn to accept who we are and what we can be, our shortcomings as well as our strengths, in tackling as a society with the pandemic challenges faced by our small and medium enterprises, our health system, our care services and our individual need to remain relevant.
1 February 2022 signifies that the time has arrived to welcome the Year of the Water Tiger. While we wish to celebrate the New Year, we also want to keep well and stay safe during this period.
Dragons have paraded in the streets of Melbourne since Federation Day. We have a duty of care to the public and have decided that there will again not be a Dragon Parade this year. However, the Lion Teams will be dancing around to ward off undesirable elements.
Do visit Melbourne Chinatown during this festive period and enjoy the sight of the specially-built trusses decorated with fairy lighting, lanterns, blooms and blossoms – we hope the vibrant colours will lift your festive spirits. There is even a red star in each block to guide us to better times ahead.
It is heartwarming how we have reached out and continue to help each other cope with the sustainability challenges of the past two years. We stood together and observed rules and good health practices, even those most unwelcome and intrusive on our daily lives.
Let us continue the good fight with our most powerful weapon, which is our fine sense of community and social equality. Our joint efforts to bring about a collective response to the pandemic will hopefully mark a turning point for our resilient people.
Melbourne Dai Loong
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CHINATOWN PRECINCT ASSOCIATION INC
As the Tiger comes leaping in and we welcome the sound of the roaring Tiger, we have the naturally fiery and dynamic energy of the Tiger. The Water Tiger tempers the ups and downs and makes things a bit calmer; Water helps to quench the powerful fire – it provides greater stability and an ability to look before you leap.
The Tiger is a creative sign and during the Year of the Tiger, we hope to see heightened creativity. Because the Tiger is a sign that likes to get things done, these ideas can be quickly put into action.
With Tiger energy, things speed up and when it comes to implementing ideas, the ability to get more done in a shorter amount of time is achieved. And we certainly need that, having lost nearly 2 years in lockdowns and restrictions.
It is now time for our Traders to live up to the standard of the Tiger and work our way back to better days. With assistance from the Federal and State Governments and the strong support from and encouragement of the City of Melbourne, we will achieve our goals. We look forward to your continued support and assistance for our Traders and fellow Victorians.
To our fellow Victorians and all Australians, stay vigilant, stay safe and healthy.
I would like to congratulate the Melbourne Dai Loong Association (MDLA) as the endorsed Organisation to manage the Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival again. Our Chinatown Precinct Association Inc. is pleased 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”.