Bendigo is home to some of Australia's favorite wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, owls and colourful native parrots. You will also find echidnas around Bendigo. Did you know that a young echidna is called a 'puggle'?

 

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Bendigo Easter Festival

 

Bendigo Easter FestivalThe Bendigo Easter Festival is a wonderfully rich and truly spectacular celebration of community and culture. Offering four, full days of activities and entertainment, you can event-hop your way through the program and around Bendigo!

The first Bendigo Easter Fair was instigated by Burnside and Aspinal to raise funds for the Sandhurst Benevolent Asylum and Hospital. The first fair was held in 1871 and raised over £1000 for this charitable cause. The fair was considered such a success that it has been held every year since, making Australia's longest continuous running festival. The Festival is held every Easter and throughout its history has varied from one to ten days in duration.

The excitement starts on Good Friday and is a weekend out, or away, for the family that continues with many free family-friendly activities throughout the city until Easter Monday.

A festival for everyone, the day and night events cater for all crowds in and around Bendigo all weekend. There are countless artistic, cultural and musical events to discover.

The time-honoured traditions of the Chinese Spring Festival and Awakening of the Dragon are held on Sunday and provide a fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture to bring Sun Loong out of slumber. His annual appearance in the Gala Parade on Easter Monday is both captivating and magical.

Bendigo Easter FestivalSun Loong, the world's longest Imperial dragon and a major drawcard of the Gala Parade

In 1893 reports in The Weekly Advertiser describe a parade held that included a large and colourful Chinese section that delighted crowds. Since then the Chinese community has supported and been part of the Festival. Today the gala parade features upwards of 100 floats entered by local community groups, schools, emergency services, and businesses. The parade traditionally ends with the large Chinese section. Chinese cultural groups from Bendigo and Melbourne participate in the parade, demonstrating lion and dragon dances. The gala parade is held on Easter Monday each year.


ContactBendigo Easter Festival Office
AddressP.O. Box 733 Bendigo 3552
Telephone03 5434 6475
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Fax 

Website

http://www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au/
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