Chinese New Year at the Mandarin

“Gong Xi Fa Cai”!!

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Centre, with special events happening from the 1st Feb through to the 9th Feb 2014.

2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally.

1st February 1pm : Dragon and Lion Dance (the first in Chatswood!)

1st / 2nd February 11.30 – 2.30 : Chinese Calligraphy Art

2nd Feb 11.30 – 2.30 : God of Wealth handing out ‘ang pow’ packets for lucky customers

8th, 9th Feb 11.30 – 2.30: Lantern Making Workshops

Enjoy your visit to the Mandarin, your centre for entertainment, value and food.


Chinese New Year Facts

  • Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.
  • Decorate your home to welcome in the New Year. Red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune.
  • Place mandarins in bowls throughout the house. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. Keep their numbers even though, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness.
  • Wear new clothes and ensure you are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come.
  • Celebrate New Year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.
  • Apricot and peach blossom are popular decorations during Vietnamese Tet and symbolise new beginnings.
  • The main difference between the Chinese and Vietnamese lunar calendars is that the Vietnamese replace the Ox, Rabbit and Sheep in the Chinese calendar with the Buffalo, Cat and Goat respectively.
  • Kite flying is a popular New Year tradition in Korea.
  • Enjoy a soup of thinly-sliced rice cakes (duk gook) – a traditional New Year meal in Korea. Because everyone turns a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook.
  • Refrain from uttering words relating to misfortune, such as ‘death’, ‘broken’, ‘killing’, ‘ghost’ and ‘illness’ during New Year as this may bring bad luck for the year to come.
  • Make sure the barrel of rice is full at New Year to ensure prosperity in the year to come.
  • Give younger members of the family red lai-see (‘lucky money’) envelopes to pass on prosperity.