With traditional bursts of colour, sound and spectacle, the Lunar New Year celebrates the start of the new year according to the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar. With traditional bursts of colour, sound and spectacle, the Lunar New Year celebrates the start of the new year for the traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian lunisolar calendar. Enjoy delicious food, vibrant markets, dragon boat races and huge zodiac lanterns in Sydney.
Lunar New Year in Sydney
Sydney celebrates Lunar New Year in spectacular fashion, with dragon boat races, markets, and, of course, fabulous food. Discover 12 huge zodiac lanterns on the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour in the vibrant city centre. The brilliantly coloured Rooster Lantern is at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Martin Place is transformed into the Lunar Lantern Hub, with a 50-metre-long canopy of glowing lanterns. Enjoy night markets in Chinatown and Haymarket. Lion dances are held at various Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney, including Chinatown, Parramatta, Cabramatta and Eastwood.
Dragon Boat racing has been a Chinese cultural institution for more than 2,000 years. One of the most anticipated events of Sydney’s Lunar New Year festival, these 12 metre dragon-headed vessels race to the beat of a drum, and you can watch this exhilarating spectacle in Darling Harbour.
Nearby is Pyrmont Bay Park where you’ll find the Lunar Markets, a pop-up food festival with a range of delicious Asian dishes. Grab a bite and relax under a canopy of Chinese lanterns as you chow down on succulent satay sticks, tasty translucent dumplings and fragrant fried rice.
Lunar Eats celebrates Sydney’s amazing Asian cuisine, too. A delectable range of restaurants offer special menus. Try mouth-watering dishes from a host of Asian restaurants with everything from street food to fine dining fusion, such as Fat Buddha in the majestic Queen Victoria Building.