The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated events in many Asian cultures and 2020 marks the Year of the Rat.
Have you ever wanted to celebrate it but didn’t know where to go?
Well, here are a few events happening in Adelaide this weekend that will hopefully help make your decision a little easier and give you a taste of Asian culture.
Lunar New Year in Rundle Mall
If you’re travelling through Rundle Mall tomorrow (Friday 31 January), expect to see it a little differently.
From 12 midday until 7pm, the popular shopping destination will transform into one massive Lunar New Year celebration, offering a range of FREE festivities and entertainment.
So, if you’re planning to head down to the mall, be prepared to immerse yourself in true Asian culture. There will be traditional Lion Dances performing almost every hour and a range of cultural foods that will be available to purchase throughout the day.
And don’t be scared if you’re handed a red envelope by the ‘God of Fortune’, because they will have a few goodies inside! They will each be filled with a gold chocolate coin and vouchers from Haigh’s Chocolates, Lush and more. Or the Gods may be in your favour tomorrow and you could be one of the lucky few who find a Rundle Mall voucher hidden inside the envelope!
A number of Rundle Mall stores will also be joining in on the festivities offering exclusive discounts and offers in-store, including Adidas, Michael Hill, The Body Shop and many more! For the full list of retail stores and their exclusive offers, click here.
WHERE: Rundle Mall
WHEN: Friday 31 Jan
TIME: 12pm – 7pm
Adelaide Tết Festival
Celebrate the Lunar New year Vietnamese style with the Adelaide Tết Festival in Bonython Park. Occurring over two days on Saturday 1 February (11am-11pm) and Sunday 2 February (11am-10pm), this celebration is an opportunity for the Vietnamese community to share their traditions with the people of Adelaide.
The two days will be jam-packed full of activities and entertainment including a concert showcasing traditional Vietnamese song and dance, as well as a range of sideshow games and rides.
And what’s a festival without food?? Lucky for us, there will be a number of local food vendors that will tantalise your tastebuds with the flavours of delicious Vietnamese cuisine for you to indulge in.
WHERE: Bonython Park
WHEN: Saturday 1 Feb & Sunday 2 Feb
TIME: 11am-11pm (Sat) & 11am-10pm (Sun)
Lunar New Year Street Party
Ever wanted to experience how the Chinese celebrate their New Year? Well, now you can with the Lunar New Year Street Party in Chinatown.
2020 will mark the 17th Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party where celebrations will kick off from 12pm until 9:30pm and will be held on Moonta St just off of Gouger St.
Like all street parties, there will be live music, market stalls, pop-up food stalls showcasing Chinese cuisine and of course, the famous Lion Dance.
WHERE: Chinatown Adelaide (Moonta St & Gouger St)
WHEN: Saturday 1 Feb
TIME: 12pm – 9:30pm