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Lunar New year: celebrating the Year of the Tiger

Kate Veling | February 2, 2022

The Lunar New Year is one of the most significant dates and important celebrations in Asian culture and is widely celebrated all over the world.

On Saturday 5 February, Gold Coast Chinatown will come alive with a vibrant celebration to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger.

The family-friendly event runs from early afternoon until 8pm, and people of all nationalities, visitors and locals are all welcome to join the celebrations, which honour the ancient traditions and customs of Chinese culture.

The junction of Davenport St and Young St in Southport, and the connecting laneways will be the centre of the festivities with Chinatown restaurants and local food trucks serving up a huge variety of delicious Asian food, plus a pop up bar and street seating where you can eat alfresco and soak up the atmosphere.

There’ll be plenty of action throughout Chinatown with live music, drummers and cultural performances to keep you entertained, including the much loved lion dancers, as well as hands on workshops, kids activities, fantastic fireworks and much more.

Come join this joyful multicultural and celebrate with the Gold Coast community.

* The G:Link is an easy transport option – hop off at Nerang St Station for a short walk to Chinatown.

2022 Year of the Water Tiger

There are twelve Chinese zodiac animals, each of which is linked to certain characteristics and elements. 2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger, which only occurs every 60 years. In the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is characterized as powerful and bold, with a strong sense of justice and a commitment to the greater good, generating a positive imagery for 2022. It will be a year of big changes, risk-taking and adventure.

 

Lunar New Year celebrations in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport

Lunar New Year celebrations in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport

Lunar New Year celebrations in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport

Ways to celebrate

Decorate

The colour red is associated with wealth and good fortune in Chinese culture. To attract luck and prosperity in the new year, wear red and decorate your home with red fabric, lanterns and ornaments. Since it’s the Year of the Tiger, images and motifs of tigers can be used too.

Gather and feast

It’s a time to feast and visit family members and friends – in China family members travel a long way to be with their loved ones for this auspicious celebration. To start a new year connecting

 

Ways to celebrate

Decorate

The colour red is associated with wealth and good fortune in Chinese culture. To attract luck and prosperity in the new year, wear red and decorate your home with red fabric, lanterns and ornaments. Since it’s the Year of the Tiger, images and motifs of tigers can be used too.

Gather and feast

It’s a time to feast and visit family members and friends – in China family members travel a long way to be with their loved ones for this auspicious celebration. To start a new year connecting with the people in your life is a central to Lunar New Year.

Dine on Chinese cuisine

Feasting is definitely an important part of the celebrations and alongside the Chinatown event, you could eat out at one of the Gold Coast’s fantastic Chinese restaurants. Check when you book whether they’re holding any special celebrations or banquets to celebrate the occasion.

Uncle Su – The Star, Broadbeach
Miami Rice – 2007 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar – 2657 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Grand Dynasty – The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Hr Hizola’s – 1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh
Tasty Bamboo 104/2 Nerang St, Southport