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Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Melbourne

“The arts are a celebration of life.”

Michael Douglas

Street festivals, parades and parties turn ordinary places into sites of celebration and community sharing.

The laneways of Melbourne’s Little Bourke Street fill up with people around the time of Chinese New Year. Drums, lions and firecrackers excite the crowds and the celebration lasts all night.

Watch the videos and answer the questions to find out more about Chinese New Year in Melbourne.

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