Australian Chinese New Year
This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. Many Australians celebrate Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse.
Many Chinese Australian families spend Chinese New Year by gathering together for a festive meal. Children often receive red envelopes with money (Hong Bao, Ang Pao, or Lai See). 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.
Chinese New Year is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia yet some Chinese businesses may be closed on the day or amend their business hours to take part in the Chinese New Year festivities. There may be heavy traffic and some streets may be closed in towns or cities where Chinese New Year celebrations are held. There are magnificent parades, street festivals featuring arts, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all around, entertainment, children’s activities and the entire continent of Asia is in celebration. Chinese New Year markets showcases arts, crafts and food stalls.
But what is Chinese New Year all about? This momentous occasion marks the beginning of spring in the Lunar calendar, a time for new beginnings and renewal. To ring in this new year, why not make some feng shui adjustments to bring some balance to your home? Feng shui is an Asian art of placement. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature.
All over Australia, different places play host to a number of Chinese New Year Festivals. Each venue offers its own unique festival theme, performances and food. Visitors will experience Chinese Lion Dance, Firecrackers, Traditional Folk Music, Dancers, Martial Artists and much more.