This weekend we see the Year of the Fire Rooster come to an end, and the Year of the Earth Dog begins.
Already there have been many celebrations of this auspicious time of year, but the festival is not over yet and there more to come, some of them later in the month.
The traditional centre of Lunar New Year celebration in Melbourne is Little Bourke Street, or “Chinatown”.
Although New Year's Day is Friday 16 February, the main action is on Sunday 18 February, beginning at 11am and going on until 10pm. The Big Dragon Dai Loong's weaving dance connects the CBD and Fed Square with modern Chinese culture. Other events include Buddhist prayers, Dogs parade, Hawker stalls and cultural performances.
Melbourne's Lunar New Year period begins at 6pm on Thursday 15 February, with the countdown to the Year of the Dog in Fed Square.
Many other events surround the Festival period until Friday 2 March, including a Fortune Cookie Counting competition and daily visits from the Gods of Prosperity, Wisdom and Longevity.
For details of all events, visit melbournechinesenewyear.com/festival-events.
Box Hill Mall, Whitehorse Road, Saturday 17 February 11am-11pm.
Every year, Whitehorse City Council and the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse brings an exciting program of entertainment and stalls to Box Hill. Whitehorse Mayor Andrew Davenport says close to 80,000 people attend.
The showcase of Chinese culture includes the Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) and the giant Buddha statue, where you can pray for a prosperous, safe year to come.
The Main Stage at the intersection of Market and Main Streets will host a full entertainment program. You can expect a great range of music, fabulous food, games, firecrackers and performances.
For full event information, visit www.abaw.org.au.
Crown Lunar New Year
The Atrium, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Friday 16 February to Sunday 18 February.
Experience the dazzling Zodiac Spectacular featuring 60 suspended traditional lanterns, 12 giant zodiac animal lanterns and lucky cumquat trees. A magical fireworks display at 9.45pm on Friday 16 February welcomes the beginning of the new year.
Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival
Kingsway, Glen Waverley, Sun 25 Feb 2018, 11am-9pm.
Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Monash with food stalls, traditional folk music performances, martial arts, lion dance and fireworks. For more info phone 9830 7231 or email email@example.com.
Dandenong Market Lunar New Year Festival
Southern Car Park, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong. Sunday 25 February 10am-4pm.
Come along and discover the many delicious flavours, aromas, sounds and colours of Dandenong market's Lunar New Year celebration.
There will be a full day of live performances, including the incredible lion dance, dragon dance, and breathtaking martial arts demonstration by VTEAM.
For more information visit dandenongmarket.com.au/news/lunar-new-year-festival-2018.