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How to Celebrate Chinese and Lunar New Year 2017

Elsie Adamo

Just when you thought all your holiday celebrations were over!

Canberra is offering up some great events for Chinese (or Lunar) New Year to celebrate 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster.

Unfortunately for a Rooster such as myself, any year with your animal is unlucky (sorry about that fellow roosters). But for the rest of you, the year of the Rooster is going to infuse more enthusiasm and energy into your life, fostering better prospects in 2017, which sounds like a good deal.

Here is a list of some activities (mostly including food) that will be happening around town to help you celebrate.

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XO, located in Narrabundah, will have an eight-course tasting menu to celebrate the Chinese New Year from the 28 of January until the 11 of February.

For $88 pp you will be treated to eight separate tasting courses designed by their chef to explore modern applications of classic flavours and family tradition. Bookings can be made on their website.


For those with a big appetite, Red Rock Bistro at Vikings Lanyon will be hosting an all you can eat Lunar New Year Banquet. Held on 28 January there will be six separate serving stations all with different types of food, specific details of which can be found on their website.

$35.90pp with a required $20 deposit. Booking can be made by calling 6200 8400.

Natural 9

Canberra Casino’s restaurant Natural 9 will also be hosting some Chinese New Year’s celebrations. There will be a themed buffet between 27 and 29 January with dishes made by chefs Chad Ogden and David Black. The best day to go will be on 28 January when at 9pm, when you can also enjoy a traditional Lion Dance. Information can be found on their website.

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Lanterne Rooms

The Lanterne Rooms in Campbell will also be having Chinese New Year celebrations. From 26 January until 2 February the Lanterne Rooms will have two themed set menus available, priced at $62pp for six dishes and $72pp for eight dishes.

Bookings and further information can be found on their website.

Chinese New Year at the National Multicultural Festival

For those willing to wait until February, there will be dedicated stalls and performances for the Chinese New Year at the 2017 National Multicultural Festival. The Festival will be on from 17 to 19 February.

More details can be found at the NMF website.

Treasurers of a Nation – Chinese New Year Concert

On 16 February, the prestigious Chinese Music Orchestra tour will be stopping off in Canberra. Described as a transcendent experience that merges ancient and modern art forms, the evening is sure to be a fantastic night of music for those who want to celebrate with something cultural as well as delicious.

Best done after eating at the National Multicultural Festival, the concert is at Llewellyn Hall at the ANU.

Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased through Ticketek here.

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Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author

  • Maggie

    It’s not necessarily a bad year for Roosters! It’s a year of big change – which could be great, could be not great. We just have to do what we can to turn the energies in our favour. My Chinese friend suggested that Roosters have someone buy them something red to wear throughout the year, like a bracelet or underwear. Or a jade bracelet is good too apparently. 🙂

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