MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF MELBOURNE DAI LOONG ASSOCIATION INC
Kung Hei Fatt Choi / Gong Xi Fa Cai
Heralding the Year of the Ox 12 February 2021
The Rat goes scurrying out as it senses the Ox comes charging in. The Ox is the 2nd in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but the Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, the Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.
Oxen were known to be capable farming animals in agricultural society, symbolizing diligence, persistence and honesty. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.
The Dai Loong Dragon had paraded in the streets of Melbourne from 1979 to the year 2000. When Dai Loong retired, the Millennium Dai Loong arrived to take its place and it has paraded around Melbourne streets every Chinese New Year and Moomba since 2002.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have to observe a duty of care and have decided that there will not be a Dragon Parade this year.
However, 2021 will see specially built trusses decorated with fairy lighting, lanterns, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and peach blossoms blooms – these will certainly bring the great festive spirits to all who visit Chinatown. They are definitely a “wow” factor and as our slogan very appropriately goes, “There is a light at the end of the tunnel”.
Let us look forward to a Fruitful, Prosperous, Safe, Happy and Healthy Year ahead. Keep Well, Keep Safe.
Happy Chinese “Niu” 牛 Year / Guo Nian Hao
Melbourne Dai Loong
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF CHINATOWN PRECINCT ASSOCIATION INC
Year of The Ox, 12 February 2021
Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. They are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They do feel great responsibility towards their family and community.
The Oxen are also calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an easier path. No matter what, they will walk down the road they choose until the end. Despite this stubbornness, they think and react quickly. They are very resilient. They look for long-term and steady work. Their strong sense of responsibility also makes them the perfect candidates for professional and challenging jobs.
Having gone through a tumultuous year and with so much uncertainties, it is now time for our Traders and commerce to live up to the standard of the Ox and work our way back to the glorious days. With assistance from the Federal and State government and the strong support and encouragement of the City of Melbourne, we will achieve our goals.
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. 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”.