THE sky above the Quang Minh Temple in Braybrook will light up with fireworks to welcome the Lunar New Year with a bang, at midnight on Saturday.
The Buddhist temple, draped in marigolds and spring flowers, will host thousands of Vietnamese and Chinese residents celebrating the Lunar New Year’s Eve.The temple’s community engagement coordinator, Tony Le-Nguyen, said the Vietnamese New Year was a combination of Christmas and western New Year.
He said it had a spiritual element similar to Christmas but also provided people with a fresh start to the new year.
“Even though it is our celebration, we want to share it with the rest of the community,” Mr Le-Nguyen said.
Rides, food, music, dancing and theatre, and a sustainability expo where people can find out about the environment, local animals and saving energy and water, will begin from 10am. Music and cultural performances will begin at 7pm at the Quang Minh temple, 18 Burke St, Braybrook.
The event is supported by Maribyrnong and Brimbank councils, City West Water and the Department of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:11