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Celebrating the Lunar New Year in style
This year, Friday the 16th of February 2018 is day one of the Lunar New Year and various celebrations are happening throughout the city of Adelaide. The vibrant festivities are set to bring the streets to life. Hence it is a wonderful time to head into the city to celebrate.
On the first day (16th), there will be lion dances in Rundle Mall between lunchtime and early evening. You can also pick up complimentary 'red envelopes' from the Customer Centre on Pirie Street. These 'red envelopes' are used to put money in for family and friends as part of the celebrations.
On the second day (17th), Chinatown will once again host the Lunar New Year Street Party along Moonta and Gouger Streets. There will be live music, performances, martial arts, lion dances and fire crackers, as well as kids entertainment.
On the third day (18th), we are back in Rundle Mall for some cultural activities such as oriental fan making at 11am, puppy clay-making figurines at 12.30pm and red packet lantern making at 2pm. Then, at 5pm, there will be a concert at the Adelaide Festival Centre uniting Australian and Chinese cultures through music. The concert is presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and features a didgeridoo virtuoso, drummers and pianist sensations.
Also, throughout the weekend, many restaurants will be hosting lion dances over dinner - Kingdom Chinese Restaurant, T Chow Restaurant, Star House Restaurant, Ding Hao Restaurant and Ky Chow Restaurant. These are very popular restaurants, so bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.