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Chinese New Year at the Australian pavilion

2010. 13 February

( The Australian pavilion will maintain its excellent pace of construction over the Chinese New Year festival thanks to our productive team of Chinese and Australian workers. Australian workers who were given time off over Christmas and our New Year will continue working at the pavilion while their Chinese co-workers are given 12 days off for Chinese New Year celebrations.

Commissioner General for Australia, Ms Lyndall Sachs said, "With only 78 days to go until we open our doors, the Australian pavilion will keep the momentum going over Chinese New Year while at the same time allowing our Chinese workers to take time off to celebrate the ushering in of the Year of the Tiger with their families and friends."

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most significant of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival usually commences on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar, in this instance February 12th, and concludes on the 15th, or 'Lantern Festival'.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Chinese friends and colleagues a very happy new year and we look forward to welcoming you all to our pavilion in May. Xin Nian Kuai Le!"