Being a multicultural society means to embrace the food, lifestyle, experiences and the cultural practices of all cultures within Australia.
So, cue the thumping and beating of the drums, and get your red and gold out for Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is a cultural tradition that is well celebrated, not only among the Chinese, but also throughout Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and a number of other Asian countries. It is a celebration of the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
We’ve put together a guide to Chinatown’s around Australia, and the festivities taking place during the Chinese New Year!
Chinatown – Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne is the hub of cultural diversity, making it the place to be when celebrating Chinese New Year in Australia. With a number of events to attend, from Hawker stalls, cultural performances to ‘All Things Piggy’ (a delectable range of pork tastings, and eating competitions), you won’t want to miss out!
Chinatown – Sydney, New South Wales
During the festivities of Chinese New Year, you can find night markets, lion dances and celebrations held across Sydney, but most importantly you’ll find a delectable range of restaurants within Chinatown that offer special menus consisting of mouth watering dishes!
Once you’ve eaten till your heart is content, head down to Sydney’s Darling Harbour for the annual Dragon Boat racing; a 2,000 year tradition, held in long, elegant dragon-headed vessels.
Chinatown – Adelaide, South Australia
Unlike any other state, Chinatown in Adelaide has a very special street party to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join thousands flocking to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year, with live music, performances, fire crackers and lion dancing!
Chinatown – Brisbane, Queensland
Brisbane’s Chinatown, a hive of Chinese culture and activity that brings visitors and blend of supermarkets, Chinese foods from sizzling woks to steaming yum cha.
Head up north during Chinese New Year to experience firecrackers, traditional lion dancers, music, displays and of course, food in the Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley!
Chinatown – Darwin, Northern Territory
Join Darwin’s local Chinese community in welcoming in the new year with a traditional Chinese lion dance throughout the city, blessing hundreds of shops which has been performed throughout Darwin for more than 60 years.
Explore the capital’s Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, located in the small Darwin CBD, where there are good photo opportunities and learn about the importance of the Chinese Community and their contribution to Darwin!
Chinatown – Perth, Western Australia
Built amongst small lanes are lion statues, bubble tea houses and a number of restaurants and nightlife…otherwise known as Chinatown in the city of Perth. Head to this city to experience special entertainment, lunar inspired restaurant specials and a number of multicultural parades, stalls and activities for the whole family.
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