Lunar New Year remains an important day in the Australian calendar, as many Asian cultures still follow the lunar calendar. The event is widely celebrated across many countries, including Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines.

The Lunar calendar is based on the monthly cycles of the moon. This year the Lunar New Year falls on Sunday January 22nd, marking the start of the Year of the Rabbit.

If you’re out and about in Canberra, and want to get involved in the fun festivities, we’ve got you covered. Here’s some events happening across the nation’s capital:


Kids workshops at the Canberra Centre. Image Credit: Ben Calvert Photography


Dickson Lunar New Year Celebration: Food stalls, live performances, lion dances, and the unveiling of the Zodiac Rabbit sculpture, all at Wooley Street in Dickson. There’s a full list of the itinerary here. 



Canberra Centre: There’s heaps happening at the Canberra Centre, with activities for the whole family.

In line with the first day of Chinese New Year, Canberra Centre’s ever popular lion dance will take place on Sunday 22 January, beginning at 11am at the City Walk entrance to the centre and slowly making its way through the Ground Level to finish at Tiger Lane’s Bunda Street entrance.

While crafty kids can take advantage of the Lunar New Year themed workshops, where little ones can join in decorating a symbolic red envelope or fan, create a lantern or have their face painted.

Check out all the events on their website.



Hellenic Club: Live performances and food stalls on Sunday to mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit. All the details are on their website.