Witness the excitement and exhilaration of Chinese New Year as Sovereign Hill and the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat welcome in the Year of the Pig.
Over two Sundays (February 10 and 17), the outdoor museum will be awash with celebrations as visitors have the opportunity to watch, participate in and learn about Chinese culture and the experiences of Chinese miners during Ballarat’s gold rush.
On February 17, visitors can participate in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration at Sovereign Hill’s Chinese camp. Starting at 10.45am, revellers can witness lions, drums and a traditional Chinese ceremony, before taking part in a special lion dance workshop at 12.30pm.
On both February 10 and 17 at 1pm, the spectacular Chinese dragon Xin Loong and Chinese lions will weave their way up Sovereign Hill’s Main Street for the annual Chinese New Year parade. The colour, spectacle and appearance of the lions and dragon are said to bring good luck and prosperity.
Visitors can also learn about the significance of the Chinese Year of the Pig and be enthralled by colourful performances of ribbon dancing, tai chi, and other traditional forms of Chinese entertainment.
Other activities will include:
Over at the Gold Museum (opposite Sovereign Hill), discover some rare Chinese artefacts in a behind-the-scenes tour, make a wish at the wishing tree, or visit Conservation Corner to learn how the museum is preserving its Chinese processional lion. The lion dates back to the 1890s and is the oldest processional lion in Australia.