Lunar New Year fun

Brothers Eli, aged seven, and Ezekiel, aged four, prepare for the Family Lunar Fun sessions in Point Cook. (Damjan Janevski). 265500_02

Lantern making, cultural songs, dances and games will be among the activities held in Point Cook to celebrate the Lunar New Year from Friday, January 28 to Sunday, January 30.

Point Cook resident Phebe Yeo, who runs the cultural community learning service 8SENSES, will conduct two free Family Lunar Fun sessions on each of the days.

Ms Yeo said she was expecting about 80 people to attend each of the sessions, which will run between 9.30-11am and 11am-12.30pm daily.

Door gifts and lucky draws will be another feature of the events, and cultural souvenirs – such as lanterns and soft toys – will be available for sale from 10am to 4pm each day.

“The Lunar Celebration is very close to my heart and kids have been so deprived the past two years, and I am most willing to do this for the community,” Ms Yeo said.

The cultural events will take place in the Point Cook Pop Up Park, on Murnong Street.

The Lunar New Year marks the start of a calendar year with months that are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian nations, influenced by the Chinese New Year.

Some Hindu-Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish calendars also celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Modern Lunar New Year celebrations usually occur in late January or early February.

Bookings are required to attend the Family Lunar Fun sessions, details: or

By Alesha Capone