The Bendigo Easter Festival was established in 1871 with the purpose of raising money for the Benevolent Asylum. The festival was known as the Bendigo Easter Fair and has recently been renamed the Bendigo Easter Festival.
The Bendigo Easter Festival is the longest running community festival in Australia. The festival initially celebrated the Chinese heritage of the Bendigo region. Now, the 140th Bendigo Easter Festival incorporates celebrations of our Chinese heritage amongst the diversity of the city. The event combines fun, excitement and interactive activities with events for the whole community.
The festival is well known for the Torchlight Procession and the Gala Parade which are held on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. On Easter Monday annually Sun Loong the longest imperial dragon in the world, is woken and takes to the streets of Bendigo.