Chinese New Year 2012

The Year of the Dragon is fast approaching.  Mark my words, 2012 is sure to be a good year.  The Dragon is considered one of the luckiest and most powerful signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

This year, New Years Day, falls on 23 January.  Festivities commence on the first new moon of autumn (in the Southern Hemisphere) and conclude 15 days later, as the full moon rises.

There are heaps of ways to join the celebration in Sydney – check these out:

  • Chinese New Year Festival LaunchBelmore Park, Sydney – 6-8pm, Friday, 20 January
    Join the celebrations – outdoor entertainment, karaoke, Sichuan cuisine, and much, much more.

  • Chinese New Year MarketsBelmore Park, Sydney – 4 – 11pm, 20 – 22 January
    If you’re a foodie like me, what better way to get involved, than visiting the Chinese New Year Markets!  You’ll be treated to
    cooking demonstrations, experience Sichuan flavours, and of course, there will be plenty of live entertainment.

    Chinese Children in traditional dress
  • Chinese New Year Twilight Parade – Town Hall, George Street, Sydney – 8 – 9.45pm, Sunday, 29 January
    This is the event not to be missed!  Starting from Chinatown, the Parade is led by a dragon head from Town Hall. Featuring acrobatics, music, martial arts, building projections and nearly 3,000 performers, it’s sure to be a spectacle.

    Town Hall Parade, Sydney
  • Dragon Boat RacingCockle Bay Darling Harbour – 8am – 5pm, 4 – 5 February
    Are you the competitive type?  Don’t miss the Dragon Boat Races at Darling Harbour.

    Dragon Boat Racing, Sydney

Don’t forget to greet your friends with ‘Happy New Year’ to bring them good fortune and prosperity:

  • Kung Hei Fat Choy – Cantonese
  • Gong Xi Far Tsai – Mandarin
  • Sae Hae Bok Manee Badusaeyo – Korean
  • Chúc Mừng Năm Mới – Vietnamese

My favourite Lunar New Year traditions are:

  • Enjoying a new year banquet, keeping an empty seat to symbolise the presence of family members who can’t be there
  • Cleaning the house and sweeping out the bad luck of the previous year
  • Paying off all debts and casting aside all grudges

What are yours?

Bring on the Year of the Water Dragon!  Tell us how you’ll be celebrating!

Check out the Sydney Chinese New Year website, for more information:

Many thanks to The City of Sydney for providing these photo’s.




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