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A celebration for the whole community
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Or Congratulations and be prosperous – a traditional greeting exchanged throughout the world at the start of the Lunar New Year.
2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster and people born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be hardworking, resourceful and talented. But before you get too carried away, it is also said (according to Chinese astrology) that in the year of your birth sign you will not have good luck. So Roosters take care!
Nevertheless, it's a great reason for a party and the main celebrations in Adelaide will take place on Saturday February 4th, in and around the streets of Chinatown. If you have never experienced the thrilling spectacle of a Chinese New Year, then don't miss the celebrations with Lion Dances, music, singing, dancing and of course, lots of food and drink. If you have joined these celebrations before, then it is already in your diary because you know how much fun it's going to be!
Moonta Street and parts of Gouger Street will be closed for the day as this ever-popular event will last from 1100 till 2200.
The day's program is a good one – lots of local talent on stage from 1200 – 2230, with more than 200 performers taking part. There will be firecrackers let off at 1400 and 20 (yes, 20!) Lions will be dancing throughout the day and night, along with traditional and contemporary dance performances as well as martial arts displays in a showcase of Asian culture and tradition. And lots of food trucks and stalls will make sure the inner you does not go hungry or thirsty.
This is a free community event put on by CASA (Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia) and everyone is welcome.
And remember - Lunar New Year is also the time to crack out your red underwear, as the colour red is worn to ward off bad luck!