On Sunday, January 15, James found himself in the heart of Richmond’s Victoria Street, enjoying the scrumptious food delights that the best of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese culture has to offer. Vietnamese cuisine is welcome any day of the week, but when it is time to celebrate Lunar New Year and the beginning of Spring, such sights, smells, sounds and tastes take on a whole new meaning!

Touted the most important of all Vietnamese and Chinese holidays, Lunar New Year celebrations have also become an integral part of Melbourne’s festival calendar as we evolve to become a more cosmopolitan and all-encompassing city. And so, visitors to the event on January 15 enjoyed colourful performances ranging from Vietnamese pop to Chinese opera, as well as fashion parades, dragon dances, games, rides and food galore.

As we say farewell to the year of the Rabbit in 2011, we look ahead to 2012, where we welcome the Year of the Dragon and all its fine glory. Specifically, this year marks the year of the Water Dragon, believed
to be a remarkably prosperous life-changing year by many.

The dragon has always represented power and is the ultimate auspicious symbol of success and happiness. And if these photos are anything to go by, it looks like a great start to an amazingly promising new lunar year already! May this celestial Dragon year bring you the best of luck and all that life has to offer!

Text: Nina Mostafa
Images: James Ser

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