Many Chinese people are happy to call Australia their home.

Chinese New Year, also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

On this special day, I extend my best wishes to all Chinese and friends of China here in Australia.

The Year of the Snake officially begins on 10 February 2013, so be sure to wish all your Chinese friends longevity, happiness, wealth and good fortune!

新年快乐!  恭喜发财!

Happy Chinese New Year and may this year be even more successful and prosperous than the last!