Chinese New Year of the Snake!

Since I am of Chinese heritage, I’ve been celebrating Chinese New Year over the last week. Celebrations normally go on for 2 weeks. One of the things I did over the weekend was go to a Chinese New Year Banquet dinner which is run by the Richmond Rotary Club on Saturday, 16th February at the Dragon Boat Palace. My dad is a fellow Rotarian, so this banquet is a great way to start the new year being charitable and enjoying a big feast with lots of goodhearted people. The Richmond Rotary Club organised Chinese Lion Dancers from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) with their booming drums to snake around the restaurant, climbing on chairs, tables and created human towers to eat up the money people put in the red packets that are fed to the lions for good luck. All funds raised with the red pockets and raffles, went to numerous community service projects. It was a lucky start for me because I won 6 bottles of wine worth $200 in a lucky draw! Some happy snaps below. Note that the lighting wasn’t great in the restaurant but you get the picture (literally and metaphorically!).

Some money donated by placing in a red packet and feeding it to the lion!

This drum was so loud you could feel the rhythm in your chest!
This drum was so loud you could feel the rhythm in your chest!
Chinese New Year Lion. There are 2 people in here and they can stand on top of each other to create a tower!

Chinese New Year Lion. There are 2 people in here and they can stand on top of each other to create a tower!

I'm standing on a chair holding my red packet in the air so that the lion has to climb to get it!

I’m standing on a chair holding my red packet in the air so that the lion has to climb to get it!

Family time - my Mum, Dad and I.

Family time – my Mum, Dad and I.

I took the center-piece and coiled it around my arm.

I took the center-piece and coiled it around my arm.

Happy little snake friend. Year of the snake, please be good to me!

Happy little snake friend. Year of the snake, please be good to me!

I won 6 bottles of Taltarni Victorian Wine worth $200!

I won 6 bottles of Taltarni Victorian Wine worth $200!

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