Everything you need to know about 2024 Lunar New Year

Everything you need to know about 2024 Lunar New Year
Everything you need to know about 2024 Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year celebrations are being held around Australia this month as Chinese and other Asian communities welcome the year of the dragon.

A variety of events are running across the roughly two-week-long festival, from street markets to dragon boat festivals and concerts.

Here’s what you need to know about the Lunar New Year, and where you can celebrate it.

Lunar New Year is celebrated across eastern Asia and the rest of the world. (AP)

What is the Lunar New Year?

Also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is the roughly fortnight-long festival held to celebrate the start of the Chinese lunisolar calendar for another year.

It’s observed in China and much of eastern Asia, including Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, and celebrations are held all across the world.

Each year corresponds with one of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. This year is the year of the dragon, while 2023 was the year of the rabbit and 2025 will be the year of the snake.
People taking pictures in front of dragon lanterns
2024 is the year of the dragon. (Getty)

When is the Lunar New Year in 2024?

Unlike the Western or Gregorian New Year, which always falls on January 1, the date of the Lunar New Year changes each year to correspond with the first new moon of the lunar calendar.

In 2024, that falls on Saturday, February 10.

The celebrations last far beyond one day, though, starting with new year’s eve on February 9 and running through to the Lantern Festival, which falls on the first full moon of the lunar year on February 24.

What Lunar New Year celebrations are on in Australia?

Events are planned across Australia for Lunar New Year celebrations, varying from city to city. You can check in with your local council to see what’s happening near you, but here are some of the festivities in the major cities.

The Sydney Lunar Festival runs from February 10-25 in the streets of Haymarket near Darling Harbour. It includes street food, dragon boating, art displays and more.

Other suburbs across the city, such as Cabramatta, Chatswood and Campsie have their own festivities planned too.

Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney's Chinatown.
Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney’s Chinatown. (Christopher Pearce/SMH)
There’s a range of events scheduled in Melbourne for more than two weeks from February 9, including the official Chinese Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 11 in Chinatown.

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One of the main festivities in Adelaide is the Lunar New Year Street Party, held in Chinatown on February 17.

Perth’s official Chinese New Year Fair takes place this year on Sunday, January 11 at Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square.

Source: 9news.com.au

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