Wagga's Chinese community and Bidgee Dragons prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year

A TOUCH OF RED: Albert Schumach, 2, learns about his Chinese heritage with the help of his grandmother ahead of Friday's Chinese New Year celebrations. Picture: Les Smith
A TOUCH OF RED: Albert Schumach, 2, learns about his Chinese heritage with the help of his grandmother ahead of Friday's Chinese New Year celebrations. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga’s Chinese community will don a touch of red on Friday when they gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

Secretary of the Bidgee Dragons Denise Flockton said Chinese New Year was all about new beginnings. 

TRADITIONS: Secretary of the Bidgee Dragons Denise Flockton with her grandson Albert Schumach, 2, preparing to celebrate Chinese New Year. Picture: Les Smith

TRADITIONS: Secretary of the Bidgee Dragons Denise Flockton with her grandson Albert Schumach, 2, preparing to celebrate Chinese New Year. Picture: Les Smith

“Chinese New Year is about starting fresh, and one of the old sayings was ‘out with the old and in with the new’,” Ms Flockton said. 

“You sweep the house, you clean, and then you visit – the first day is for visiting family, and the next day is for visiting friends.” 

Ms Flockton said Chinese New Year was also about honouring your elders. 

“One of the traditions is that children travel whatever distance it takes to visit their parents and take them a gift that’s red, like fruit or flowers,” she said. 

“The children wear red during their visit and, in return, the older generation give them a red envelope filled with lucky money.” 

The Royal Garden restaurant will host more than 100 people on Friday evening at a seven course banquet for the Bidgee Dragons’ celebration dinner. 

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