Monday February 8 is Chinese New Year and it sets off the Year of the Monkey. Having a Monkey ascendant in my own Chinese horoscope I am hoping for a fun filled year; in the tradition of the playful monkey. There will be a host of events and happenings to celebrate the Chinese New Year around Australia. Here are a few of them that you might like to attend:
The City of Sydney is celebrating twenty years of the Chinese New Year Festival in the premier state. Festival curator, Claudia Chan Shaw recently was quoted as saying, “I grew up in Sydney and the Chinese New Year celebrations have always been a highlight for our family”. There are eighty events happening in Sydney from New Year to the 21 February 2016. The incredible Lunar Lanterns will light up the city with the twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac. Being a dragon, myself, I am sure that this will be the most impressive of all the giant lanterns. Then K-Pop superstars Boyfriend and JJCC perform at the Carriageworks for two nights. There will also be a Lunar feast with some amazing Chinese menus at Spice Temple and Bennelong at the Opera House. Dragon boat racing on the harbour will be full of furious fun, colour and noise.
In Melbourne the Lunar Markets will pop up for eleven days from the 4 Feb to 14 Feb 2016. Celebrate with great Asian food, drinks and live music at the Harbour Esplanade Docklands from 4pm to 9pm or 10pm on Thurs, Friday and Saturday. Chinese lanterns will colour the night sky and fun for all the family will be there to have.
In Perth around Northbridge, the home of Chinese restaurants, there will be the annual Chinese New Year Fair and this takes place on 14 February from 12pm to 9pm. This massive free street carnival attracts tens of thousands of West Australians and is a riot of colour and noise.
In Adelaide the 2016 Lunar New Year Street Party will unveil the year of the monkey. Taking place in Chinatown on Mounta and Gouger Streets on Sunday 13 February from 12pm to 10.30pm. This lively annual event attracts in excess of twenty thousand people and is full of colour, sounds and sights. A great day and night of family entertainment under the stars in Adelaide; don’t miss out!