Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA) is getting ready for Lunar New Year 2016, and every man and his dragon is invited. The Year of the Red Monkey falls on Monday 8 February this year, with the celebrations set to begin on Saturday 13 February.
The annual event, which continues to grow, is run by volunteers who work with cultural organisers to welcome each Lunar New Year by bringing joy and prosperity to Adelaide. Traditionally held on Chinatown's Moonta Street, the party's been known, in recent years, to shimmy its way onto Gouger.
The festivities will start early on: stalls with delicious traditional and contemporary street food, goods and crafts, and colourful merchandise will be set up on the street. On the stage, cultural performances will take place from 12pm, and at night, Chinatown will light up with cultural and contemporary performances from 6.30pm.
Among the performances will be the 'Lions': the more lions, the more luck! Take part in the tradition of offering 'hongbao' to the lions (a monetary gift in a red envelope) to ward off evil spirits and welcome good fortune. Young Lion Dancers will perform during the day, while the adult Lion Dancers will perform in the evening.
An exciting addition to this year's schedule is a Battle of the Bands. Three bands will serenade the Lunar New Year in, with Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin rock music from 4-5.30pm.
If you'd like to experience next level Chinese New Year, there's also the Prosperity Dinner, and a new, licensed Lunar New Year Corporate Box. The deluxe dinner experience, held at TChow, is $98.80 a head and includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment, while the corporate box will get you a top view of the stage, two complimentary glasses of wine, a non-alcoholic drink, and finger food from 7-9pm, for only $25.
Whichever part of the Lunar New Year you choose to enjoy, there's one thing you must do: take the good spirits and well wishes the celebrations have to offer and let them guide you through a happy and prosperous 2016.
To purchase tickets to the Prosperity Dinner or the Corporate Box, contact George Chin on 0416 026 074. Pre-booking is essential.
Spots are still available if you'd like to register your food truck or stall in the event. Contact Jacky Yang on 0425 251 113.
Header image via Radio Adelaide.