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The best Lunar New Year events in Sydney

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with food, fireworks and festivities around town

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Time Out editors

In 2022, Lunar New Year falls on Tuesday February 1. Lunar New Year is a celebration for many cultures represented in Sydney, including the city's Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean communities, celebrated through food, art, festivities and gathering. February 1 marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, the third character in the Chinese zodiac, which embodies the traits of unpredictability, bravery and confidence.

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Chinese New Year events around Sydney

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If ever a new year needs good luck, it’s 2022 and Spice Temple is embracing the Chinese custom of hustling in fortuitous times with feasts of auspicious dishes planned for the coming Lunar New Year celebrations. Available from Tuesday February 1 to Sunday, February 13 for lunch and dinner sittings, the special banquet menus have food symbolism at the fore: purse-shaped pipis that represent fortune, fish that symbolises life and abundance, eggs that signify fertility, and red ingredients that bring prosperity and happiness. 

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No Lunar New Year celebration is complete without a feast, and there are many auspicious and symbolic dishes that are a must on any holiday menu: noodles for longevity, whole fish for prosperity, rice cakes for advancement to new heights, and more. Check out our list, including venues like Flying Fish, New Shanghai, Aria, Hello Auntie and more. 

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The City of Sydney is vamping up Haymarket, Circular Quay and the CBD from January 29 to February 13, with events, talks, and a suite of giant Lunar Lanterns to represent the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Dixon Street Mall will also have brand new tiger sculptures. More than 80 associated events are included in the festival this year including community celebrations, concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, special restaurant menus, talks, workshops and tours.

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