Thursday, 15 January 2009

Brisbane Festivals: Chinese New Year starts 26 January 2009

Lion Dancing, Chinatown Mall, Duncan St - Chinese New Year, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 070217-7

The Lunar New Year (or "Chinese New Year") begins on Monday January 26th 2009 (the same day as Australia Day). There will be celebrations in Fortitude Valley's Chinatown Mall, Duncan St (click here for a Google Map). The first day of celebrations will be on Monday January 26, but if you're going to be at other Australia Day celebrations, don't worry, because there will also be stuff happening in Chinatown from Friday January 30th to Sunday February 1 2009.

On Monday January 26th there will be lion dances, classical and folk music, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, 3 god dances, fireworks, and Cai Shen will hand out red packets and lanterns.

On Friday January 30th, Saturday January 31st and Sunday February 1st, there will be more displays and performances.

Each day during the festivities there will be children's activities from 12pm to 3pm, including face painting, art and craft workshops, and calligraphy.

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