Chinese New Year is celebrated in a number of ways in Australian cities and towns. Here are some of our favourite tips:
This is a time to get together with your family to eat food symbolising wishes for happiness, wealth, longevity and fertility.
Ring your favourite Asian restaurant and book a banquet or table for your family and friends.
Fun Fact: The exact date the holiday is celebrated depends on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is believed to be a time to clear away all of the debris from the previous year and start afresh.
Chinese New Year at Home
Fill up your menu with dishes like dumplings, spring rolls, whole fish, glutinous rice cake, sweet rice balls, and longevity noodles.
Make some fortune cookies and add your own messages with a printable.
Serve green tea the traditional way. Look out for tisanes, flower teas and white teas.
Decorate your house in red and gold for good fortune and joy. Add a couple of elements for the Chinese zodiac animal of the year.
Lunar New Year Craft Ideas
You might like to entertain your children and grandchildren with some of the following ideas:
- Dragon puppets free printables
- Dancing dragon card free printable
- Chinese New Year bingo free printable
- Chinese lucky red envelopes free printable
- Chinese New Year spin drum
The celebrations continue for a fortnight and culminate in the Lantern Festival with fireworks, firecrackers and sweet dumplings.
Please leave a message about your favourite way to spend Chinese New Year and where to stock up your kitchen with authentic goods?