Chinese New Year is on the 25th of January, a day before Australia day. Many places celebrate it by having some special menus for this time. It is the year of the pig. Crown Casino often has their Hawkers Bazaar on. But this year it is on from the 31st of January to the 2nd of February.
Also Chinatown hosts their activities over the two week period. There is always lion dancing and firecrackers at these events to ward off the bad spirits and bring in the new year. In Melbourne there is no holiday for us. People visit friends and family at this time and all the unmarried people get the red envelopes with money in them.
At this time there is no shortage of food. The Chinese love their dumplings and noodles. Asian Inspirations has many ideas on these. There is also yee sang which is a type of salad that has salmon in it and you toss it with chopsticks. The Chinese also love their fish as it brings good luck
During the days before the New year period we clean the house as cleaning during the New year period is bad luck. It’s also bad luck to wear white and black as it is for funerals. The Chinese love to wear red as it is prosperity. Cutting your hair at this time attracts bad luck.
Anyway do enjoy Chinese New year as it is awesome. This is a good time to spend with friends and family and just relax.