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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Victoria Street Lunar New Year Festival

An annual homage to Vietnamese culture, the Lunar New Year Festival takes place on Victoria Street, Richmond towards the end of January. It is a colourful mish-mash of stalls, music, performance, food, and people.

This year celebrated the new Year of the Snake on Sunday 27 January 2013. Highlights for me were fresh coconut juice, excited kids, lots of colour and life, and the contrasts between East and West, traditional and modern, and gaudy stalls and the faded, peeling building fronts behind them.

Parade

Game stall

Fresh coconut juice

Flowered oranges

Market stall

Traditional dance

Modern meets traditional

Did you look twice, too?

Hidden Accountants

Tree of tradition

Food on sticks

Preparing for performance

Kids get Bad

Lucky apples. Is that a Playboy pic on the left?

Tilted ride