March 5, 2014  |  

Lunar New Year

Last Thursday evening, 30 January, I attended the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple for its Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Horse. These celebrations are always well attended, and I have attended every single one since becoming the member for Footscray. More than 5000 people attend each year to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Again it was a magnificent event for those who attended. The Senior Venerable Thich Phuoc Tan is a wonderful community leader, not just for the Vietnamese community but for the people of Footscray and the inner west. He is a great environmentalist who is keen to look after our natural environment and a man who has an incredible capacity to bring communities together.

On Sunday, 1 February, I attended the East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival. It too was well attended, despite the weather being extremely hot.

The festival was another display of communities of very many backgrounds coming together and celebrating an event for the Chinese, Vietnamese and Buddhist communities in this state, and it drew crowds from right across Melbourne. It was a terrific event, and I congratulate all those involved, including the members of the Footscray Asian Business Association, for the huge success it was. I look forward to attending many more of these events.