Gong Xi Fa Cai!! (Happy Chinese New Year)

Happy Chinese New Year!! The thing I love about Melbourne is the diversity of cultures I get to experience even without travelling overseas!

This year a vietnamese friend invited me to their house for dinner.. And after I went with them to a temple near their place to see how they celebrate the event..

I always thought that temples would be such a solemn and quiet place.. But not during the new year! The place was packed with people, filled with colorful lights like in Christmas, and had a festive atmosphere.. As if in a party!!

First the people kneel in front of this statue and shake some sticks to get their fortune for the year.. They throw the sticks and get a number which has a specific fortune for them for the year of the snake..
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