In anticipation of the 2024 Lunar New Year, which heralds the Year of the Dragon, Australians of Chinese descent celebrate the profound legacy behind their surname, "Long," which translates to "dragon" in Chinese. Unlike Western portrayals, where dragons are often depicted as fearsome creatures, in Chinese culture, they symbolize auspiciousness and power.

Mark Wang, CEO of the Museum of Chinese Australian History, highlights the significance of the dragon in Chinese folklore and its representation of good fortune. He emphasizes the enduring pride felt by those bearing the name "Long," as it signifies a connection to Chinese heritage and tradition.

The Dragon Parade, a cherished tradition brought by early Chinese migrants to Australia, remains a vibrant part of Lunar New Year festivities, underscoring the resilience and cultural preservation efforts of Chinese Australians.

As we enter the Year of the Dragon, let us honor the legacy of the Long dynasty and celebrate the enduring spirit of Chinese culture in Australia.

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