Lunar New Year is the biggest event on the Chinese calendar. Adelaide's Chinatown will be celebrating the occasion with their annual Lunar New Year street party on February 9th from 12pm till 10pm across Gouger Street and Moonta Street.
This year's Lunar New Year festivities heralds the end of the year of the dog and the beginning of the year of the pig. Commonly also known as Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is not only celebrated in China and Chinese communities but it's also an extremely important festival in Korea and Vietnam and is celebrated across other countries in Asia.
The street party is an opportunity to enjoy food and drinks from local Chinatown traders as well as pop up stalls offering even more options. The street party is a loud and lively affair with performances of music and dance throughout the day. The biggest performance is the traditional lion dance.
A traditional lion dance. Photo by John Stephen Dwyer
The street party is a free community event with entertainment throughout the day, but expect to pay for food and drink. The festivities continue throughout the day from 12pm till 10pm and stalls and entertainment will be set up across Gouger Street and Moonta Street.
For a look at what to expect check out this video of 2017's Chinatown street party from NP Productions.