- Chinese New Year begins today with events set to take place throughout the State
- McGowan Government supporting popular Perth Chinese New Year celebrations with $40,000 contribution
Lions and dragons will be dancing in the streets to the burst of festive firecrackers with Chinese New Year celebrations getting underway in Western Australia today (January 25).
Chinese Lunar New Year begins today, heralding the Year of the Rat which symbolises intelligence, agility and a quick wit.
Chinese New Year celebrations are among the most exciting and popular events on WA's cultural calendar, drawing thousands of participants from across the community.
Many events will be held throughout the State over the next month to mark this vibrant time of the year.
The McGowan Government is proud to support Chinese New Year events including the renowned Perth Chinese New Year Fair, hosted by the Chung Wah Association.
This year's Perth Chinese New Year Fair will be held in Northbridge on Sunday February 2, and is expected to attract more than 25,000 people to enjoy a day of cultural performances, food and festivities.
The festival is supported with funding of $20,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests and $20,000 through Lotterywest.
For more information about the Perth Chinese New Year Fair and other Chinese New Year celebrations happening across the State, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"The Perth Chinese New Year Fair is an undisputed highlight on the WA events calendar and one that gets more spectacular every year.
"Chinese New Year is an opportunity for everyone to experience Chinese culture at its best while enjoying a fun family day out at the many events happening around the State.
"Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and I welcome the many visitors who will be coming to WA to spend time with loved ones and join the festivities.
"With direct flights now being trialled between Perth and Shanghai, visiting WA for Chinese New Year has never been easier.
"To everyone celebrating and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Rat - Gong xi fa cai!"
Minister's office - 6552 5600