Chinese or Lunar New Year

Also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important Chinese holiday. It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar

Like in many countries around the world, Chinese New Year celebrations in Australia include the following events and activities:

  • Street festivals featuring arts, entertainment and children’s activities.
  • Chinese New Year markets showcasing arts, crafts and food stalls.
  • Dancing, music and people wearing colorful costumes to welcome the Chinese New Year.
  • Vibrant displays of Chinese lanterns, firecrackers and fireworks.

Many Chinese Australian families spend Chinese New Year by gathering together for a festive meal.

Children often receive red envelopes with money (Hong BaoAng Pao, or Lai See). Envelopes with money (Hong BaoAng Pao, or Lai See) often come in the color red, which symbolizes happiness, good luck, success and good fortune. These envelopes are mainly given as presents to children

The Chinese New Year celebrations can last for about 15 days. It is usually a busy time filled with festive programs across different communities in Australia

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