Sydney celebrates Lunar New Year in spectacular fashion, with dazzling lion and dragon dances, dragon boat races, colourful markets and fabulous food. Discover 12 huge zodiac lanterns on the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour in the vibrant Circular Quay, including at the Sydney Opera House.
2020 is the Year of the Rat, which symbolises honour and optimism, with a focus on achieving great things. For the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar, it’s the start of the year and Sydney’s rich multicultural heritage forges a lively celebration.
Huge celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities last for several weeks and attract millions. Australia celebrates the Lunar New Year with dragon dances, firecrackers, delicious food and spectacular singing and performances in most large cities. Not only Chinese but also Korean and Vietnamese communities are getting together to celebrate Asia’s most massive holiday. How to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 in Australia?
Chinese New Year 2020 in Melbourne
Melbourne celebrates the Lunar New Year with a 10-day festival featuring Kung fu presentations, dragon dance parades at Queensbridge Square, which is the center of the New Year’s celebration. Chinese music and dance, theater and magic performances involve over 300 performers. The festival’s Closing Ceremony at Queensbridge Square features a Chinese square dance competition and a lantern parade. Other festively decorated areas include Southgate, Queen Victoria Market, Docklands and Yarra River banks.
Sydney hosts a huge 17-day festival from mid-January to early February, the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside Asia attended by more than one million people. The festival takes place in Chinatown district that hosts large lion dance parades with firecrackers on weekends, Chinese night food fairs on Fridays, and restaurants’ special deals and menus.
Karaoke on Sydney Harbor Bridge, Korean aerial theater at Circular Quay, dragon boat races at Darling Harbor with enormous animal lanterns are just some of the festive events that occur during the Lunar New Year celebration. Overall, Sydney plans about 80 events to commemorate the holiday.
Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2020
The most prominent, colorful and special events that are held annually in Sydney are undoubtedly the Chinese New Year celebrations. The festivities begin on Chinese New Year that usually falls on February and last for about 15 days.
During the holiday the celebrators wear red clothes and the adults give the children “lucky money” in red envelopes special made for the event. Since a crowd of more than 500,000, local and tourists pour into town, demand for accommodation is higher than usual, therefore it is advisable to check hotel prices and make reservations ahead of time.
The highlight of the holiday is undoubtedly the final of the celebrations, especially the festival of colored lanterns carried by the marchers in a dark procession, where the lanterns form a wonderful decoration for the traditional dragon dance. The traditional dragon length is more than 30 meters and it dances in a bouncy and noisy dance along the course of the procession.
The festival’s information show time / schedule of events etc. is present in “What’s on the City of Sydney” website. See details below, under “Event Related Information” section.
Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar Feasts
Lunar Eats is all about the incredible Asian food that’s right here on Sydney’s doorstep. Communities from China, Vietnam, Korea and more come together for one of the biggest, best and most multicultural Lunar New Year celebrations in the world.
Sydney Chinese New Year 2020 Festival Lion Dances
With plenty of drumming, flamboyance and skill, the Chinese Lion Dance teams bring Lunar New Year to Sydney’s Chinatown. An integral part of City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year Festival, the Lion Dance is a Chinese tradition stretching back over 1,000 years and has featured in our Lunar New Year Festival since it began over 20 years ago.
The thunder of red fire crackers helps scare away the bad fortune of the previous year to ensure a happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster. Catch a Lion Dance performance and traditional Chinese crackers brought to you by the City of Sydney.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to Lunar New Year celebrations in Brisbane, with Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean festivals occurring at various spots across the city. The Chinatown Mall celebration includes a mix of traditional performances and exciting festivities, with everything from firecracker shows to lotus dance groups on the schedule.
Chinese New Year 2020 in Adelaide
The South Australian capital hosts their annual Lunar New Year Street Party on Saturday 9 February across Gouger and Moonta Streets in the city’s Chinatown region. Attendees can snack on food and drinks from local traders as they enjoy traditional Chinese performances and martial art displays. Adelaide has plenty of other celebrations on offer, including the Rundle Mall Festivities and the Chinese New Year Concert presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
If you want to celebrate the Year of the Rat over in the West, head down to the Chinese New Year Fair in Perth’s Chinatown. Run by the Chung Wah Association, this celebration features parades, cultural activities, lion and dragon dancing, concerts, rides and food stalls.
Canberra – how celebrate Chinese New Year 2020?
The nation’s capital wraps up its Lunar New Year celebrations with the traditional Lantern Festival in Beijing Garden. Colourful lanterns, which you can bring yourself or purchase at the event, will light up the sky to mark the end of Lunar New Year celebrations. Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival, which is running across the weekend of 15 February to 17 February, also pays homage to Chinese New Year through an array of performances, events and food stalls.
Lunar New Year celebrations are aplenty in Hobart, with many traditional and cultural festivities on the agenda. City Hall plays host to the Chinese Lantern Night on Saturday February 16, where you can enjoy multicultural dance performances, fashion shows and Chinese folk music. The City of Hobart website details more celebrations, including the China Translated exhibition and the Tasmanian Chinese Lantern Festival.
The Northern Territory’s Chung Wah Society is hosting its inaugural family festival celebrating Chinese New Year across Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February. You can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine while you watch demonstrations from local chefs, lion dances and musical performances.
Massive celebrations also take place in Hobart, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Brisbane and other Australian cities with large Asian communities.