Footscray Traders celebrate Lunar New Year

Published on 06 January 2020

Lunar New Year 2020 blog

It’s time to celebrate the East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival with the annual event hosted in Footscray on Sunday 12 January in Hopkins Street.

The festival has grown to become a truly multicultural event showcasing the cultural diversity and cohesiveness of the City of Maribyrnong and attracting thousands of patrons. Each year the city comes alive with a feast for the senses with decorations, cultural dances, musical performances, festival parade, food stalls and carnival rides.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by 1.5 billion people worldwide with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar has a 12 year cycle with a different animal each year – in 2020 it will be the Year of the Rat.

Lunar New Year is all about spending time with family and friends, feasting on foods with symbolic meaning, giving gifts, self-reflection and good fortune.

To mark the East Meets West Lunar Year Festival this year we will turn the spotlight on some of our Footscray traders. Get to know them better when their profiles pop up in your Facebook news feeds from 6 January – and come to know the people behind the many unique businesses in the Footscray CBD.

Each shop featured in the campaign was put forward by the Footscray Asian Business Association or the Footscray Traders Association, and includes a variety of businesses, many of which are actively involved in the festival. 

With its strong multicultural community, Footscray truly is a place where East meets West.

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