On Saturday 25 January 2020, we welcome the Year of the Rat as the Lunar New Year commences.
This is an important time of year for our Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean communities in Boroondara, who alongside approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide, will celebrate with family and friends.
In Chinese culture, it is believed the Rat represents vitality, with many married couples praying to them for the blessing of children.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Kew Home of Chinese’s annual Lunar New Year celebration. It was wonderful to see everyone come together to enjoy the traditional food and performances and celebrate the beginning of the New Year.
We are lucky to live in such a diverse City, with 30.9 per cent of Boroondara residents born overseas and originating from more than 150 different countries. Recognising and celebrating culturally significant dates such as Lunar New Year is important as they contribute to the diverse and vibrant City that we live in.
On behalf of Council, I wish all of our residents who celebrate Lunar New Year a very happy and fortuitous Year of the Rat.
Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara