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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Canberra - ABC Online

Written By Ivan Kolev on Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 7:02 PM

Wondering where you can see the Mountain Lion scare away evil spirits, eat some noodles to bring you long life, or make a Dragon Chatterbox to predict your future?

Canberra is getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year with a range of broadcasts, events, activities and banquets starting this weekend, and for over the next few weeks.

Some of these include:

-ABC Local radio will hold a special Lunar New Year broadcast on Sunday 22 January from 10am. Co-hosted by our very own ABC Canberra's Andrea Ho.

-Vegetarian food will be served at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre on Sunday 22 January at 7pm followed by New Year celebrations through to midnight. 32 Archibald Street, in Lyneham. Donations accepted.

-The National Museum of Australia is holding a Chinese Lucky Dragon Family festival on 26 January which will include music, dance, demonstrations, art and craft to celebrate Australia Day, Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon.

-The Australia-China Friendship society is organising a Chinese lantern workshop on 28 January at 2pm in Cook. Register at acfsevent@gmail.com.

-This will be followed by a Lantern Festival in Commonwealth Park, at the foot of Anzac Parade at 6pm on the Saturday 4 February.

-The Blessing of the Shops ritual will be held at noon at Gungahlin and in the evening at Dickson on Saturday 11 February with the ceremony being conducted by the Prosperous Mountain Lion dance troupe

-The Chinese community are organising the Year of the Dragon event at the National Multicultural Festival on the 12 February. Starting 9.45am, the event includes local dancers, national performers and international performers from Hong Kong.

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