Happy Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown

“Back in 2004, Chinatown’s Lunar New Year celebration attracted just a few hundred people.Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc.president George Chin says the event has gone from strength to strength. Though Lunar New Year technically begins on February 19, celebrations will roll on from 10am-10.30pm on Saturday, February 21, with a program full of entertainment from various Asian cultural groups, plus food stalls and craft demonstrations.

A street party will take over at 5.30pm, including a gala dinner under the stars. Mr Chin, who is also on the board of Education Adelaide, says many Chinese international students have volunteered to help prepare the event. Adelaide has roughly 12,000 Chinese university students but Lunar New Year is not only celebrated by Chinese people. That’s why we call it Lunar New Year and not Chinese New Year It is celebrated by people in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam … and SA is a multicultural society, so we want to be very inclusive.

Though the event is being celebrated as the Year of the Sheep, Mr Chin says most Chinese consider it to be the Year of the Goat (the two animals are effectively interchangeable in Chinese culture). But using the sheep is more applicable to Australia, so that]s why we decided to go with that. Lunar New Year celebrations are at Moonta and Gouger streets on Saturday, February 21, from 10am-10.30pm. The official celebration is from noon-1.30pm.2015 Lunar New Year is presented by Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc.

Excerpts from an article in the Adelaide City Messenger by Tim Williams & Picture by Matt Turner

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