Close up of Lion Dancer costumes (Council News Article February 2024)

Enter the Year of the Dragon (Council News Article February 2024)

Close up of Lion Dancer costumes

Springvale’s popular Lunar New Year Festival will welcome the Year of the Dragon on Sunday 4 February.

The popular annual festival is organised by the Springvale Asian Business Association (SABA) and proudly supported by Council, and attracts visitors from all over Melbourne to welcome in the new year.

This year will be the Year of the Dragon, forecast to foster growth, progress and abundance. Under the Chinese Zodiac 2024 is the perfect year to set the foundations for long-term success.

Greater Dandenong Deputy Mayor, Cr Richard Lim is a long-term supporter of Springvale’s Lunar New Year Festival and represents Springvale Central Ward, where the celebration is held.

“I have been going to this event for many years. People come to experience different types of food, entertainment and the lion dance, which is one of the most important parts,” the Deputy Mayor said.

“People who are Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese come to enjoy an environment, atmosphere and culture like home. It is also an opportunity for others to celebrate a different culture and the New Year.”

The event will see the closure of Buckingham Avenue and surrounding streets to traffic, with amusement rides, food stalls and live entertainment taking over the space.

The event will run from 10am–10pm and will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.

**Photo of lion dancers taken by Springvale resident Maria Tsaimos. Maria entered this photo in the 2024 Community Calendar Photographic Competition, and it appears on the month of February in the calendar.