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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

2022 is a year of the Tiger, starting from February 1st, 2022 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 22nd, 2023. If you were born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010…, your Chinese zodiac sign is Tiger.

As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in New South Wales, Sydneysiders love celebrating Chinese New Year each year.

Although this festival is celebrated all across the country, Sydney does it a bit different. Chinese-Australians celebrate this cultural festival with the same vigour and energy as they do in China.

Chinese New Year 2023 Sydney Festival Dates, CNY Calendar & Animal

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at the end of January or the start of February each year and run for a week. With live music, food stalls, parades and fireworks; the Chinese New Year is a great family event to celebrate together.

Explore the exhibitions around the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay including spectacular lunar lanterns bringing to life the traditions of the Chinese New Year. Take part in a game of Mahjong at Martin Place or enjoy some traditional Chinese delicacies at the many market stalls.

There is also a traditional Dragon Boat Race which runs along Darling Harbour where over 5000 paddlers will take part in this treasured tradition. Come and watch the dragon boats as they race along the harbour; with races will run over the weekend with competitive races, as well as charity and corporate team races.

There is also a fabulous Twilight Parade featuring lion dancers, drummers, marching bands, dragons and acrobats which is held in George Street. Each night there will also be a spectacular firework display over the harbour, making a specular backdrop to the Opera House. The fireworks display will commence at approximately 8:45pm.

If you would like to participate in the Chinese New Year in Sydney, come down to the Harbour and get in amongst it all. The festival is FREE! Make sure to secure accommodation early, as it will book out quickly. Click the link below to explore the range of accommodation options in the Sydney CBD.

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Chinese New Year's Eve: 31 Jan 2022
Chinese New Year: 1 Feb 2022

Outdoor stage performance at Chinatown
Saturday 29 January 2022: 5pm - 10pm

Indoor stage performances at Sydney Town Hall
Saturday 12 February 2022: 10am - 5pm

Roving performances in Haymarket
Saturday 29 January 2022: 5pm - 9pm
Sunday 30 January 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Friday 4 February 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 5 February 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Sunday 6February 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Friday 11 February 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 12 February 2022: 6pm - 8pm
Sunday 13 February 2022: 6pm - 8pm

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