For many, the ideal would be to celebrate Chinese New Year in China – although the budget doesn’t always stretch that far!
Thankfully, there are plenty of places to ring in the event in Australia, so mark your calendar for the New Year period of January 24 to February 9, 2014 and start the countdown to the Year of the Horse.
Here are some of the spots you might want to head to, so you can take part in the exciting festivities and experience a unique holiday.
Sydney always delivers when it comes to big events and Chinese New Year is no exception. With a whole program of events including art exhibitions, markets, parades, boat races and a dragon ball, it will be the place to be. Throughout the New Year period, head along to as many of these events as you can manage!
Melbourne also puts on a good show, and will be a great place to enjoy Chinese New Year.
Check out events including traditional music, dance, martial arts, local food and even a karaoke competition. There will also be a dragon parade, calligraphy demonstrations, chess competitions, lion dances, arts and crafts stalls and many more entertaining features and events. All while you enjoy learning about Melbourne’s Chinese history and community!
Australia’s Outback also celebrates Chinese New Year in style.
The city’s Chinatown, located on Cavenagh Street is a must-visit location, especially considering its Lion Dance performance.
Darwin also celebrates with an array of Chinese culture and cuisine, making the Outback one of the prime locations from which to ring in the new year.
Points go to Hamilton Island in Queensland for being one of the most unique locations to put on an amazing show for Chinese New Year.
On February 2-3 of 2014, there will be a number of events taking place on the island that showcase and celebrate Chinese culture. Enjoy local delicacies and shop for great authentic produce at the markets, catch dragon dancers perform and watch beautiful fireworks displays light up the sky.
Adelaide is set to celebrate Chinese New Year with a host of performers, stalls, lion dances, competitions, music and more on February 1.
Stalls and street activities will form a large part of the action, as will the planned ‘street restaurant’, where groups can book to dine on restaurant food on street tables. Beer and seafood will form a significant part of the menu and the ambiance will be perfected by twinkling lights and lanterns.
Head along to one of these cities and join in the celebrations to discover something fun, enriching and unique.