It is present by the Chung Wah Association and the actual New Year in the Chinese calendar is on the 16th February, 2018. Many Australians celebrate Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. It marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.
As in many countries around the world, Chinese New Year celebrations in Australia include the following events and activities:
Street festivals featuring arts, entertainment and children's activities.
Chinese New Year markets showcasing arts, crafts and food stalls.
Dancing, music and people wearing colourful costumes to welcome the Chinese New Year.
Vibrant displays of Chinese lanterns, firecrackers and fireworks.
Many Chinese Australian families spend Chinese New Year by gathering together for a festive meal. Children will often be given red envelopes with money in them - the red symbolises happiness, good luck, success and good fortune.
These Chinese New Year celebrations can last for about 15 days, and it is generally a busy time filled with festive programmes across different communities in Australia.
Some Chinese businesses may be closed on the day or change their business hours so that they can take part in the Chinese New Year festivities.
Chinese people first came to Australia in large numbers during Australia's Gold Rush in the 1850's and 1860's. Roughly a third of the miners of the time were Chinese. Many Chinese-Australian families can trace their placement in Australia to that time.
There are still some monuments and buildings developed by Chinese settlers and these serve as reminders of the long history of Chinese immigration to Australia. Examples of these are in towns such as Ballarat and Bendigo in Victoria.
Chinese New Year has various "symbols and traditions". For example, flowers are an important part of New Year decorations. Famous "writings" referring to having good luck are also often seen in homes and business environments.
Another custom is to display oranges in some of the homes and stores, also as a sign of luck and wealth.
Every Chinese New Year is associated with an animal name for one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and for 2018 it will be the Year of the Dog.
As well as this Fair, there will also be the following events for the Year of the Dog, 2018:
Members Chinese New Year Celebration with HKETO
by Hong Kong Australia Business Association WA
This will be on 13th February, from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Duxton Hotel in Perth, and you can find out more about this here. Please note this event is ONLY for Financial members of HKABA WA.
ACBCWA & CCCA Chinese New Year Gala, by Australia China Business Council (WA)
This will be held on Thursday 1st March from 6 pm to 10 pm, and it will be on at Grand Ballroom, Crown Metropol Hotel in Burswood. You can find out more about this event here.