Each year, a significant population of Australia celebrates the Lunar New Year. Often referred to as Chinese New Year, it is a time of festivity marked by lion dances, delicious food, and welcoming in a new year of good fortunes. In many East Asian countries, Lunar New Year receives its own public holiday, allowing people to travel back to their homes for big family reunions. Whilst Australia may not have this same perk, Chinese New Year festivities and traditions still remain to be a major part of the lives of Chinese people residing in Australia. ‘To be Chinese is to celebrate Chinese New Year’, says a young Hong Kong migrant in Sydney.
Although the calendar changes on January 31st for many Australians, plenty of Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year around February each year. More commonly known in Australia as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is on February 16th, 2018 beginning the year of the dog. The dog is the eleventh animal of the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of loyalty and honesty.
All over Australia, but particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, there are a wide range of events and activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The team at FoodFaith have scoured what’s on offer and found a few that we think are worth checking out.
Although, officially, China uses the Gregorian calendar (the same one used in Western culture) the traditional calendar is still used to calculate the dates of festivals and celebrations...
Another wonderful celebration in Chinese New Year, on January 28th, 2017. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is based on the lunisolar calendar and the phase of the moon.