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Lunar New Year



Lunar New Year goes by many names: Chunjie or Spring Festival (Chinese), Tet (Vietnamese), Solnal (Korean) and Losar (Tibetan). It starts on the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends during the first full moon,15 days later. This year is the Year of the Pig, with Lunar New Year runing from 5 – 19 February. The city will mark the occasion with colourful street banners, lanterns and the ever-popular lion dance performances.

The most significant festival on the Chinese lunar calendar, Lunar New Year is a time when tradition is honoured and practiced. In Adelaide, this important cultural event is recognised annually with celebrations showcasing time honoured rituals, music, art and food. City stores have come together to celebrate in style with a range of exclusive Lunar New Year offers, events and festive banquets.

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Giving Blessings

Red envelopes (also known as hong bao or lai see) are presented by older generations to younger people at family and social gatherings. They contain money (new bill notes, never coins), however their true purpose is tied to the actual act of giving, which signifies the gift of good luck, life and happiness for the receiver.

You can pick up a red envelope from the City of Adelaide’s Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street between Tuesday 29 January to Friday 8 February 2019 (while stocks last). Each envelope is filled with a sweet treat for you to enjoy until you slip something extra in it to give to another.

Lucky Symbols

Red Lanterns

Lanterns are a familiar sight during Lunar New Year for good reason. Hanging red lanterns at home or in places of business symbolises the invitation of joy and good fortune. Red is an auspicious colour representing good energy, luck and happiness.


These tasty little treats can be found any time of the year but enjoying them during Lunar New Year is especially rewarding as they represent wealth and prosperity. It’s said the dumpling’s shape resembles a gold or silver ingot, the currencies of yesteryear. By serving and eating them during the New Year, you’re inviting good fortune into your life for the year ahead.

Mandarin Oranges

This sweet citrus fruit is a must during Lunar New Year. A symbol of prosperity and abundance for those celebrating through the festive season, they’re often displayed as decorations and exchanged during family visits. If you’re planning on offering mandarin oranges this Lunar New Year, be sure to bundle them in even numbers. Odd numbers are perceived as bad luck.


Lunar New Year Business Offers/Events

If you are a local business who is offering a Lunar New Year offer or running an event, you can still submit it through the form below. 

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Lucky Lunar New Year Banquets and Dining Offers

ACBC 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet

Thursday 14 February, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Citi Zen Restaurant - 401 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000


The Australia China Business Council are kicking off 2019 with a bit of fun, a mouth-watering menu and a celebratory beverage or two at the ACBC 2019 Chinese New Year Banquet, presented in partnership with The Port Adelaide Football Club.

Ky Chow

27-29 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Feast on a banquet consisting of 4 entrees, 9 mains, 1 dessert for only $48 per person.

Bookings essential. Call  8221 5411 to reserve a table. 

Ding Hao 

26/28 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Dinner: Tuesday 5 February, Friday 8 February and Saturday 9 February

Enjoy a Lunar New Year dinner banquet for groups of four or more with lion dancing. The ten-course banquet is $40.80 per person and includes exclusive Lunar New Year wine specials.

Bookings essential. Call 8211 7036 to book. 

Star House

31 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Dinner: Monday 4 February and Wednesday 6 February 

Lunch and dinner: Tuesday 5 February

Special Lunar New Year Banquet Offer: 12 courses for 10 people group $938 or 10 courses for 6-8 people group $680

Call 8221 6303 to book.


101 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Cookies and Cream Gelato Cake just $30 for all of February (40% off).

Offer valid all of February 2019.

San Churro

43 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Buy one get one free Churros offer for Lunar New Year. See in-store for details.

Special Lunar New Year Events

Rundle Mall Lunar New Year Festivities

Friday 8 February 2019, 12 pm - 4 pm

Stephens Place, just off Rundle Mall

Visitors will have the opportunity to write Lunar New Year wishes on cards and place on the topiary wall in the hut throughout the day.

Activities include:

  • Chinese Ladies 12:00pm – 1:30pm (roaming)
  • Chinese Opera 1:45pm – 2:15pm
  • Chinese Dance 2:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Chinese Opera 3:15pm – 3:45pm

Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party

Saturday 9 February 2019, 12 pm - 10 pm

Moonta Street and Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Thousands will flock to Chinatown (Moonta Street) and Gouger Street for the annual Lunar New Year Street Party.

​This free community event showcases Asian culture and tradition with live music, dance performances, martial art displays, food, lion dancing, fire crackers and lots more!

Telco Store Lunar New Year 

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, from 2:30 pm

24 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Lion Dancing in-store and a connected home experience event at the Telco store on 9th February. There will be demonstrations, giveaways and a real hands on experience!

Chinese New Year Come and Try workshops Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Sunday 10 February, 2 pm - 4 pm

Festival Theatre Foyers - King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Book now

The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and School of Chinese Music and Arts are celebrating the Year of the Pig with a range of FREE cultural workshops which include Chinese Storytime, Chinese knotting and mask painting, Cultural Infusion Music Workshop and more.

Chinese New Year Concert Presented by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 10 February, 5 pm

Adelaide Festival Centre - King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000


Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at this family event that draws on both the old and new, from China and the West. Led by Chinese-Australian conductor, Dane Lam, the concert features the remarkable Australian-Chinese Cellist, Li-Wei Qin

Adelaide Casino Festivities

5 -19 February 2019

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Adelaide Casino will have live entertainment, including the God of Fortune and Lion Dancers from 5 -19 February. Lunar New Year food specials will be available in each of our restaurants from 14 January to 19 February.

For more details please visit the website.

Exclusive Lunar New Year Offers

Haigh's Chocolates

2 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

Shop 1, 116 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Shop 17, Central Market Arcade, Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Haigh’s Chocolates has introduced for the first time a Lunar New Year range featuring a bold and creative red with gold pig design inspired by the Chinese calendar’s Year of the Pig for a selection of Haigh's premium chocolate products with special packaging.

The range includes Dark & Milk Macadamias 250g, Milk & Dark Assortment 300g, Premium Milk Tablet 100g and Premium Dark Tablet 100g and is available online and at selected Haigh’s Chocolates stores - Beehive Corner, Adelaide Arcade and Visitor Centre Parkside from 15th January 2019 while stocks last.

endota spa Adelaide Central Plaza

Adelaide Central Plaza, Level 1, 100 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

20% off endota spa Treatments Monday and Tuesday 4 - 5 February

  • Valid for all full-price endota spa treatments paid for on the day.
  • Not valid for in conjunction with another offer or when redeeming a gift card.

Terry White Chemmart Rundle Mall

151 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

Make a purchase over $200 and receive a small red bag gift in store and go in the running to win a gift basket valued over $200 over the New Year and Lantern festival period (04/02/19-19/02/19). The winner will be drawn on the 19th of February.

For more deals, enquire in store.

Terms and conditions:

  • Must add or follow Terry White on WeChat
  • 1 red bag per person
  • Multiple entries to raffle permitted

Flawless Facial Dental Studio

4/132 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

20% Off all Facial and Dental Services
2 for 1 OmniLux sessions
With any 3 Cosmeceutical Skin Care Products purchased, customers will receive 2 Omnilux LED Light therapy sessions FREE

Siam Retreat Thai Massage & Spa

252A Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000

$20 off 1 hour Thai massage
Only $59 (Normally $79)

Terms and conditions:

  • Available at Adelaide store only
  • Must present promotion on arrival
  • 1 voucher per person 
  • Not redeemable with any other promotions 
  • Expires 31 March 2019

Unique Opal Mine

5 Rundle Mall Adelaide, SA 5000 

If you purchase any jewellery in our store, you will get a free OPAL Pendant or a pair of Opal Earrings.

All Silver Opal jewellery is 25% off
All Gold Opal jewellery is 15% off
All other jewellery and specimens are 20% off

  • Available at Adelaide Store only
  • Must present promotion on arrival
  • One voucher per person
  • Not redeemable with any other promotions
  • Expires 31 March 2019

Virgara Hair and Beauty Shop

2-116 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

Half head of foils +sh/cut and blow-dry $110
Colour all over + sh/cut and blow-dry $99
Full head foils + sh/ cut and blow-dry $142

Terms and conditions:

  • Bookings essential depending on availability
  • Toner or any other service is at extra cost
  • 24 hour cancellation policy
  • Late arrival limits service process
  • Not in conjunction with any other service

Australia the Gift

6A Rundle Mall Adelaide, SA 5000

6 Placenta Cream for only $36.

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