The most prominent, colorful and special events that are held annually in Sydney are undoubtedly the Chinese New Year celebrations. The festivities begin on Chinese New Year that usually falls on February and last for about 15 days.
During the holiday the celebrators wear red clothes and the adults give the children “lucky money” in red envelopes special made for the event. Since a crowd of more than 500,000, local and tourists pour into town, demand for accommodation is higher than usual, therefore it is advisable to check hotel prices and make reservations ahead of time.
The highlight of the holiday is undoubtedly the final of the celebrations, especially the festival of colored lanterns carried by the marchers in a dark procession, where the lanterns form a wonderful decoration for the traditional dragon dance. The traditional dragon length is more than 30 meters and it dances in a bouncy and noisy dance along the course of the procession.
The festival’s information show time / schedule of events etc. is present in “What’s on the City of Sydney” website. See details below, under “Event Related Information” section.