Chinese New Year in Joburg

08 Jan 2019
created 08 Jan 2019
Joburg has a very active Chinese community and local Chinese New Year celebrations are always an exuberant, noisy and colourful affair. Chinese New Year events are spread through the weekends before and after the official date of Chinese New Year (in 2019 Tuesday Feb 5) and take place in Joburg's historic First Chinatown in the City Centre and in the large New Chinatown in Cyrildene. In 2019 according to the Chinese zodiac we are entering the year of the Earth Pig

Saturday February 9
Chinese New Year in First Chinatown
Joburg's First Chinatown on Commissioner St celebrates Chinese New Year on Saturday February 9 with a massive fireworks display, tons of street food stalls and plenty of traditional entertainment. The arrival of the Year of the Pig will be welcomed with dancing Chinese dragons and lions, Chinese drumming and singing and Kung Fu and Tai Chi displays. A variety of Chinese food will be on sale throughout the day in the Chinatown area, including at Joburg's oldest Chinese restaurant Swallows Inn and from a variety of Chinese street food stalls. Events run throughout the afternoon and evening culminating in a fireworks display that ends at 21:30.
11 Commissioner St, Ferreirasdorp, City Centre

Saturday February 16
Chinese New Year in Cyrildene

On Saturday February it is the turn of Cyrildene, Joburg's biggest Chinatown, to celebrate Chinese New Year. The event is an exuberant, noisy and colourful affair, with the long main street, Derrick Avenue, filled with streetside food stalls and Cyrildene's many restaurants all offer special festive menus (book well in advance for a table, find some ideas on where to eat in Cyrildene here). In the early evening a long parade begins to wind its way up the street, led by a colourful Chinese lion who is followed by dancers in traditional costume and a long, dancing Chinese dragon. Cymbals crash and firecrackers flare as the lion visits every business along the street. Chinese New Year in Cyrildene is a busy, noisy and exciting affair - watch out for the many wayward fireworks! - that makes for a most memorable cultural experience.
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