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Chinese New Year

Celebration of Chinese New Year was traditionally marked by worship at the See Yup Temple, firecrackers and feasting. After 1930, as the Chinese community declined, celebrations were subdued. From the 1980s, new immigrants worshipped at the Temple and governments promoted community festivals. In 1984 the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival Committee arranged public celebrations in Little Bourke and Russell streets. From the 1990s Melburnians of varied backgrounds flocked to watch and participate in city and suburban festivities. Activities organised through the Federation of Chinese Associations received government and business support. Chinese New Year became a key event, listed in Victoria's international and tourist calendar.

Morag Loh