Celebrations are well under-way for Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai! SBS has a comprehensive list of event’s in Australia. Adelaide’s big day is today, the 28th January with Moonta Street the focus of attention. View a great video of celebrations in Beijing and images from the BBC. The dragon year brings with it forecasts of wealth and prosperity. The Business Review says there will be a “much-needed economic boost to the retail sector, particularly in the luxury goods department.” The Australian reports a record number of Visa’s to Chinese visitors. Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said the growth of tourists from China had been 20 per cent a year for the past two years. Chinese tennis superstar Li Na is reportedly responsible for a huge rise in ticket sales to the Australian Open. Locally, Premier Jay Weatherall said “China remained important to the state’s economic future but the rest of Asia
The Year of the Dragon – the fifth of the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle – is considered propitious for starting new business ventures, getting married and is generally considered good luck in Chinese mythology.
The Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese communities will celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year with a mix of performances in Chinatown next weekend. About 10,000 people will descend on Moonta St next Saturday (January 28) to mark the Year of the Dragon. Up to 20 groups of dancers and musicians will take to the stage throughout the day and 17 stalls will sell a mix of food, including Malaysian and Indian cuisines. The Chinese dragon will go through the Central Market from 11.30am to noon. The street party will be held next Saturday, January 28 – the ninth day of the Lunar calendar. Celebrations will kick off at 10am and run until 5.30pm. Article reproduced from the Messenger
The City of Sydney will host its annual Twilight Parade on January 29 to welcome in the auspicious Chinese Year of the Dragon.
Friday nights is when Chinatown’s business community stops by the International Food Plaza to catch up with familiar faces and discuss recent events. A great conduit for networking in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Many events and business activities are planned over shared plates of delicious food and some local wines or beer.