Tonight, February 9, at the Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale a Shaolin Chinese Dragon together with several Shaolin Chinese Lions will be loudly welcoming the start of a new Chinese New Year.

Thousands are expected to gather to the beat of the loud crashing drums and deep resonant gong of the giant Blessing Bell at the iconic Chung Tian Temple.

Visitors will be immersed in a sea of traditional vibrant culture as bright red lanterns adorn the corridors and the delightful sounds of chanting resonate throughout the temple.

The fragrance of fresh flowers will sift gently through the air and the graceful glow of rising smoke from burning incense will create harmony for all who visit.

Taste buds will not to be neglected as there will be a range of delightful Asian treats located throughout the temple’s three dining areas together with the opportunity to partake in a Tea Chan Ceremony or enjoy some high mountain tea or sip some freshly brewed coffee with freshly made cakes.

The Chinese lunar calendar is one of the most ancient, dating back more than 4,500 years to the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di. As ancient tradition dictates, Asians throughout the world are busily spring-cleaning their homes and hanging red lanterns in preparation for family gatherings over the New Year festive period.

Chinese New Year Poster
Chinese New Year Poster

This year over 30,000 visitors will share the New Year celebrations with family and friends over the 17-days of celebrations at the Chung Tian Temple. The Dragon is a majestic and lucky creature in Chinese folklore, symbolising bravery, creativity, and innovation.

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Venerable Manwang, Abbess of the Chung Tian Temple, is calmly excited by the upcoming event.

“We warmly everyone to come and celebrate the Year of the Dragon, a time for compassion, friendship and family,” he said.

Co-organiser of the festivities, President Michelle Lo, from Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland thanks the hundreds of volunteers working hard behind the scenes to ensure the celebrations is a great success this evening.

Festivities commence at 6:00pm and end with the ringing of the temple’s giant Blessing Bell to resonate peace throughout the world and symbolise blessings and good wishes to all and for the New Year.

9th February – Chinese New Year Eve key activities:

6:00pm – Vegetarian Food Fair – 3 separate dining areas, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Water Drop Tea House, Incense Offering, Red Lantern Display, Chinese Calligraphy, Tai Chi Display, arts and crafts, Cultural Performances, Temple 3 Good Deeds Mascots, bonsai display, Buddha’s Light Scouts activities for the kids

7:30pm – “The Everlasting Star in Humanity” – a tribute to Venerable Master Hsing Yun exhibition opening 8:30pm   Light Offering Service

9:15pm – Shaolin Kung Fu Guan – Chinese Dragon and Chinese Lions Dance

10:30pm – Traditional Buddhist morning chanting service 12:00am   Ringing of the Blessing Bell

Free entry and free parking available (visitors are advised to arrive early, while evening parking is available in Underwood Park)

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