THE various Chinese communities in Fiji will come together to organise a joint celebration to welcome the Chinese New Year on Sunday.
Also referred to as the lunar new year, the celebration of the Year of the Snake will take place at the Yat Sen Hall.
Chinese Association of Fiji president Jenny Seeto said snakes were a symbol of wisdom and the Chinese believed 2013 would promise steady progress and long-term success.
"The Year of the Snake signifies that families will not lack anything this year," said Mrs Seeto.
"Most importantly for the Chinese, this is a good year for business."
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will be the chief guest at the event.
Also attending will be Chinese ambassador Huang Yong and the Women and Social Welfare Minister, Dr Jiko Luveni, who is also the president of the Fiji-China Friendship Association
Ms Seeto said the Chinese New Year had always been one of the most important festivals on the Chinese calendar.
"A cultural, educational and fun-filled program has been planned for the day and there will be activities for every one of all ages.
"There will also be lucky draw prizes with the main prize being a return ticket to Hong Kong."
There will also be other prizes such as mobile phones, meal vouchers and cash.
"All the different Chinese associations such as provincial groups, business houses, youths, education, sports and cultural groups have all contributed to the organisation of the event."