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Chinese Year of the Pig

A large number of people lined the streets of Sovereign Hill on Sunday for the first of two authentic Chinese New Year celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Pig.

The outdoor museum, together with the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat put on a colourful event, giving visitors the opportunity to watch, participate and learn about Chinese culture and the experiences of Chinese miners during Ballarat’s goldrush.

Next Sunday visitors can participate in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration. Starting at 10.45am at the Chinese Camp, revellers can witness lions, drums and a traditional Chinese ceremony, before taking part in a special Lion Dance Workshop at 12.30pm.

At 1pm, the spectacular Chinese Dragon, Xin Loong, and Chinese Lions will weave their way up Sovereign Hill’s Main Street for the annual Chinese New Year parade. The colour, spectacle and appearance of the lions and dragon are said to bring good luck and prosperity to the crowd.

Visitors can also learn about the significance of the Chinese Year of the Pig, and be enthralled by colourful performances of ribbon dancing, Tai Chi, and other traditional forms of Chinese entertainment.