Wishing you a happy (Lunar) New Year!


2017 is the Year of the Rooster

Now, it may feel as though you just rang in the New Year with friends, family and fireworks.

But guess what? Today is the first day of the New Year; the first day of the Lunar New Year to be exact. The Lunar New Year is the beginning of the year for many East Asian countries.

The date of the event is determined by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and changes every year – though it always falls between January 27 and February 2.

Today, we are saying goodbye to the Year of the Monkey, and cheerfully greeting the Year of the Rooster. So if you were born in 1957, 1969, 1981 or 1993, this is your year. Cock a doodle doo!

But the Lunar New Year is much more than just a calendar date. Like Christmas in Western countries, Lunar New Year is the most celebrated festival in Chinese countries.

Lunar New Year celebrations start today and run for seven days. Come and celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in the Chinatown Mall!

Get involved in the festivities with lion dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, Asian market stalls, interactive workshops, roving street performers and a special Chinese New Year Parade.

The Gold Coast City Council’s free Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday 4 February looks pretty fun too!