Celebrations will be held across the State as Western Australians, of all backgrounds, ring in Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Pig.
The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, falls on February 5 this year with festivities happening from February 2 and continuing for the duration of the month.
Chinese New Year is an important time for Western Australia's significant Chinese communities originating from China, Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of the world who will be marking the occasion, with people travelling from around the world to spend time with families and prepare for the year ahead. The McGowan Government is once again supporting several major festivals through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program and Lotterywest including:
"Chinese New Year celebrations are among our largest and most exciting events, drawing together people from all backgrounds to enjoy the cheerful family friendly festivities,: said Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia.
"I encourage all Western Australians to join in these vibrant celebrations and enjoy Chinese culture, which is a key part of our multicultural heritage.
"To everyone celebrating Chinese New Year - I wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai for the Year of the Pig!"
More information on these, and other Chinese New Year events, can be found at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au