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Chinese New Year dragons on Kensington Street
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The best Lunar New Year events in Sydney

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with food and other festivities around town

Written by
Alice Ellis
Caitlyn Todoroski
Jasmine Lopez

Lunar New Year falls on Sunday, January 22, 2023, and it's a celebration for many cultures represented in Sydney, including the city's Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean communities. It's traditionally celebrated through food, art, festivities and just getting together with friends and family. 

January 22 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth and luckiest character in the Chinese zodiac, which symbolises mercy, elegance and beauty. 

We've picked out some of the very best ways to hop into the new lunar year in Sydney.

Hungry? Here are some of the Sydney restaurants serving up special Lunar New Year feasts for Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year events around Sydney

  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • Darling Harbour
Ahead of LNY, on the evening of January 18, Ele by Federico and Karl, at the Star, will host a ticketed event immersing whisky lovers in the world of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Diners will be treated to a bespoke menu served in the venue’s signature degustation style, and food will be paired with opulent cocktails created using the whisky’s limited edition Lunar New Year release, designed in collaboration with Shanghai-based designer Angel Chen. Expert calligraphers will be there on the night, offering guests notes of good fortune. Book here.
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