Ok, so you’ve heard a lot about Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year or Tet. It’s a stunning celebration of noise, colour, food and fun. If you want to find out a bit more about this festival, click here.
For 2011, it’s on Thursday, 3rd February.
This year is a little different because the animal representing the year is different for Chinese and Vietnamese communities – it’s rabbit for Chinese and cat for Vietnamese. Why is it different?
In Sydney, celebrations are usually organised by local councils with support from the local Asian community.
Want to see, feel and taste this festival which is the largest Asian festival in the world?
Noodlies readers have asked me if there’s a Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year festival in Sydney. The answer is, heaps! Whether you live in Sydney’s CBD, inner, north, west or south, there’s a festival where you can experience all the fun and spectacle.
If you know if any others, please email me to update this list….
And thanks to Rei for letting noodlies know about Burwood and Ryde festivals, I’ve added them to the list below.
Sydney CBD: 28 Jan – 13 Feb
The City of Sydney’s Festival is large, loud and in your face, with events held in the CBD and Haymarket, this festival will have the highest profile.
Photo credit: City of Sydney CNY website
Hurstville (south): 29 Jan – 26 Feb
In its eigth year, Hurstville Council claims it’s the largest celebration outside Sydney CBD, with some 30,000 people enjoying the festival celebrations.
The main event, the Street Festival takes place on Forrest Road on 29th January. Other events include a Chinese Film Festival at the Civic Theatre, Exhibition at the Hurstville Museum and Children’s activities at the City Library. Photo credit Hurstville Council.
Kogarah (south): 10 Feb, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Held in Kogarah Town Centre, the Council says it will provide a colourful mix of Chinese performances including dancing, singing, a martial arts demonstration and the ever-popular traditional lion dance with fire crackers.
Photo credit: Kogarah Council.
Rockdale (south): 12 Feb (10am – 2pm)
A relatively modest celebration at Council Chambers on Bryant Street.
Activities include Lion Dance, Chinese National Magic, Traditional Chinese musical instruments, ancient Chinese Palace Dance, CASS Children’s Ballet, Tai Chi Fan Dance, Cantonese Opera, Red Lantern Dance, Traditional Chinese New Year singing and dancing.
Cabramatta (south west): 29 – 30 Jan (9am – 5pm)
Organised by Fairfield Council, the event is over two days in 2011 and the emphasis is stronger on being a Vietnamese celebration given Australia’s largest Vietnamese population resides in this council area. Expect street stalls and eat at the 60 odd restaurants in the area.
Photo credit: Fairfield Advance.
Fairfield (south-west): 4-6 Feb, entry fee $7 adults, $3 children
Organised by the Vietnamese community, this event usually lasts for three days, including night events.
Held at Fairfield Showground and attracting over 60,000 people, if you want to experiennce how Vietnamese celebrate Tet, including great food, this is the one to go to. Photo credit: VCA.
Bankstown (south-west): 29 Jan (10am – 3pm)
Lion dances, God of Good Fortune, New Year Garden, amusement rides, children’s activities, together with non-stop entertainment at Bankstown City Plaza.
Photo credit: Bankstown Council.
Chatswood (north): 12 Feb (10am – 4pm)
Organised by Willoughby council this modest event aims to bring the colour of the year of the rabbit to Sydney’s north.
Chatswood Mall comes alive with markets, food, singing and dancing.
Photo credit: Willoughby Council.
Eastwood: 3-12 Feb – Main Festival on 12th.
The actual festival is on 12 Feb with lion dance, Korean marshall arts, entertainment and the finals of a cooking competition. Full details.
Photo credit: Ryde Council.
Burwood: (inner) 12 Feb (5pm – 9pm)
This Burwood Council evening event includes chinese music, acrobats, magicians, lion dancing and fireworks.
Photo credit: Burwwod Council
Parramatta: (west) 11 Feb
Lunar New Year will be celebrated with the usual cultural entertainment. New for this year will be a gigantic banquet table where visitors can taste cuisines from many different cultures. Photo credit: Parramatta Council.
Campsie: (south west): 2 Feb, noon
Canterbury Council is celebrating with traditional lion dance and will be handing out red envelopes (probably NOT containing money) and fortune cookies! They say the festival celebrates this important event in the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean calendar.
Photo credit: Canterbury Council.
If you want to find out a bit more about Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year or Tet, click here.
If you know of any other celebrations around Sydney, post a comment on noodlies Sydney food blog and share it with everyone!