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It's Almost Dragon Time

Story by a Bendigo mum - Forget the Easter bunny…Bendigo is counting down the sleeps until the Easter dragon comes.  We’re waiting for Sun Loong’s awakening, a traditional Chinese ceremony, when the Dance of the Lions will prise open his slumbering eyes.

Once a year Sun Loong leaves his Chinese museum home to enliven the streets of Bendigo.  His important role in the Bendigo Easter Festival procession is legendary; he has his place in the folklore of every local family.  A constant through generations, Sun Loong weaves through the stories of those who make the annual pilgrimage to see him pass.

As a child I remember the crack and smoke and beat of his Easter arrival. He was an assault on all the senses. I remember the city reflected in 90,000 mirrored scales. The strong, fast legs of men bold enough to carry him. I now bring my own son to feel the great beast’s breath and in years to come, he will speak of him, too.

For locals and visitors to Bendigo at Easter, the world’s longest Imperial dragon is a highlight, but he’s in good company. For families there is no better time to visit. Picture a giant Easter egg hunt, carnival rides, children’s entertainers, fireworks and more.

Bendigo’s creative also put on a show with art and photography exhibitions, a craft market, wood turning displays plus live and local music. The three-day event packs the city centre with fun and festivities for all ages.

I love the Easter Saturday evening standing ovation to our volunteer fire fighters who modestly walk in the night procession.

I love being part of an unbroken line of festival goers to Australia’s longest-running community event, stretching back more than 145 years.

But mostly, I love the dragon Sun Loong; for uniting all the cultures of a bustling city and for making family memories to cherish.

Plan your Easter break and create your own memories. Click here to find out more about the festival now. 

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