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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Welcome The Chinese Year of the Rat
Join in a weekend of festivities to welcome in the Lunar New Year at Brisbane's Chinatown from 1-2 February 2020. The Chinese New Year officially begins on January 25th, 2020, and ends on February 4th.

Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley will be a spectacle of red lanterns to welcome the Year of the Rat with activities, including:

lion and dragon dancers
fire shows
traditional music
cultural performances
interactive workshops
roving street performers

The free event will run on Saturday 1 February 2020 from 4-9pm and Sunday 2 February 2020 from 12-5pm.

Just head to Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.

The Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar and is said to represent vitality.

Chinese New Year celebrations photo courtesy The Finder


Brisbane's Chinatown
While you are there, check out the rest of Chinatown Mall (opened in 1987) and immerse yourself in chinese culture.

The Asian grocery stores will be selling Asian food staples and cookware, exotic fruits and vegetables you may never have seen, as well as ingredients for a wide array of Asian cuisines.

Photo courtesy Trip Advisor


Of course, there's a wide selection of the Asian restaurants, including Enjoy Inn and Happy Dumpling serving classic Asian cuisine.
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Why? Experience A Traditional Chinese Celebration
When: Saturday 1 February 2020 from 4-9pm and Sunday 2 February 2020 from 12Saturday 1 February 2020 from 4-9pm and Sunday 2 February 2020 from 12-5pm.-5pm.
Where: Chinatown Mall, Brisbane
Cost: Free
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