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Lion Dances in Adelaide - 2019 Chinese New Year

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Published January 10th 2019
In 2019, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 5 February 2019. Celebration of the festival starts on Monday 4 February, when family members gather together for Chinese New Year Eve dinners. Traditionally, the celebration then continues for 15 days. In present days, Chinese New Year celebrations are concentrated on the eve and the first two days because those are the days declared as public holidays in most Asian countries. The seventh day of Chinese New Year is also known as 'Everybody's Birthday', the day when human beings were created. Friends and families like to meet to have a feast on this day.

Lion Dances in Adelaide - 2019 Chinese New Year, Blue Lion Dance, Adelaide
Blue Lion Dance, Image by Eric Benacek (Wikimedia Commons)


In Adelaide, Chinese restaurants offer special banquet menus and invite lion dance troupes to perform at their restaurants during the Chinese New Year celebration period. These restaurants are very busy during this period so it is advisable to book a table if you wish to dine there and watch the lion dances.

Lion Dances in Adelaide - 2019 Chinese New Year, Star House Banquet Menu, Adelaide
Star House Banquet Menu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Lion Dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a colourful lion costume. Each 'lion' is handled by two dancers. This dance is performed during Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals.

During Chinese New Year, lion dance troupes are invited to visit houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform 'cai qing' (plucking the greens), where the lion plucks auspicious green vegetables like lettuce hung on a pole or placed on a table. This dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owners. The greens are tied together with a 'hong bao' (red envelope containing money). The 'lion' will 'eat the greens' and 'spit' it out during the dance, keeping the 'hong bao' which is the reward for the dance troupe. Some spectators will also give 'hong baos' to the 'lion' as it dances among them.

Below is a schedule of lion dances at some of the Chinese restaurants:

Ding Hao Restaurant: Tuesday 5 February and Friday 8 – Saturday 9 February at dinner time

T-Chow Restaurant: Tuesday 5 February and Friday 8 – Saturday 9 February at dinner time

BBQ City Restaurant: Tuesday 5 February and Friday 8 – Saturday 9 February at dinner time

Kingdom Chinese Restaurant: Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 February at dinner time. There may be more sessions, please call the restaurant for confirmation.

East Taste Cafe: Tuesday 5 February at dinner time

Ba Guo Bu Yi Chinese Restaurant: Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 February, and Saturday 9 February at dinner time

Ky Chow Restaurant: Tuesday 5 February at dinner time. There may be more sessions, please call the restaurant for confirmation.

Red Chilli Chinese Restaurant: Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 February at dinner time

Park Lok Chinese Restaurant: Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 February at dinner time

Star House Restaurant: Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 February at dinner time, and Tuesday 5 February at lunch time
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Why? To celebrate a Chinese custom.
When: 4 February 2019 - 9 February 2019
Where: Various Chinese restaurants around Adelaide.
Cost: Varies
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