Frequently Asked Questions

A family of four laughing around a small table at night in front of a lit up decorated tree at Freedom Plaza

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the date for the Cabramatta Lunar New Year Festival 2023?
Cabramatta Lunar New Year 2023 will be held on Saturday 4 February from 11am to 8pm. 

What time does the festival start?
The event commences at 11am

Is the event free?

Is it Covid Safe?

The wellbeing of our community, contractors and staff is our greatest priority. In the lead up to the event, Fairfield City Council will closely monitor NSW Health advice to enable a COVID-safe event.

Attendees are reminded to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the festival
  • Cough/sneeze into elbow
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements (mask wearing optional if you are unable to socially distance)
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell or have a sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever.

When is the actual Lunar New Year date?
Lunar New Year falls on Sunday 22 January 2023.

What is the Lunar New Year celebrations about?
Lunar New Year is a significant cultural celebration in many South East Asia countries.

Lunar New Year date for 2023 is on Sunday 22 January 2023 (Day 1). Leading up to this day, people clean their homes to prepare for the New Year. It is also considered bad luck to sweep or clean on New Year’s Day as you may sweep away your good luck and fortune! The first person to enter your house on New Year’s Day is believed to either bring you good luck or bad luck for the rest of the year – so be careful!

Lions and string firecrackers re-open the shops and restaurants to banish evil from the old and bring in good luck and fortune for the New Year. You will see businesses decorated in red with lanterns, ornaments, and flowers such as marigolds.

Is Lunar New Year 2023 the Year of the Cat or Rabbit?

Each Lunar New Year is associated with an animal name for one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The Vietnamese zodiac resembles the Chinese zodiac except that the fourth animal is the Cat instead of the Rabbit. It was believed that the Chinese word for “rabbit” — (mǎo tù) — sounded like “meo” in Vietnamese, which means “cat”.

Cabramatta Lunar New Year 2023 will see attendees come together in harmony to celebrate the Year of the Cat (Vietnamese Zodiac) and the Year of the Rabbit (Chinese Zodiac).

I would like to be a stallholder for the event. What do I need to do?
Stalls at the event are exclusively for sponsors of the event. The deadline for sponsors has closed however we can add you to our sponsorship database. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for future events, please send an email with your details to

If you would like to be added to our stallholder database to receive information about future events, please complete our Major Events - Stallholder Expression of Interest form. Click here for our Stallholder Terms and Conditions(PDF, 313KB).

I would like to perform at the event. What do I need to do?
Our entertainment program is currently full. However we can add you to our entertainment database. Please send an email with your details to

How can I get to the festival?
Transport to the festival is available by boarding a train to Cabramatta train station. Cabramatta Station falls on the T3 Bankstown, T5 Cumberland and T2 Inner west and south lines and is a 45-minute journey from Central train station. Take advantage of the public transport for easy access to the festival at Cabramatta Town Centre.

Where can I park?
There are car parks and street parking available in Cabramatta, subject to availability. However, we suggest catching public transport to avoid traffic congestion and limited available parking. 

What should I bring?
It is an event held in summer so please dress accordingly. Make sure to bring along your hat, water bottle, and apply sunscreen.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of wet weather the event site will be assessed to determine the suitability to continue the event and program. This message will be updated accordingly.

Please check our Instagram page – @cabramatta_atasteofasia and Facebook page Fairfield City Council for the most up to date information and latest status.

I have a question that isn’t answered here. Who should I contact?
Email to the Events Team at or call (02) 9725 0288