Sydney Fish Market Celebrations are large, busy, but lots of fun. On a normal day the market is busy with lot’s of tourists visiting from all over the world. But, around the holiday and celebration periods the atmosphere is unbelievable.
The main demographic of visitors that visit the Sydney Fish Market is varse, but there is definitely huge support from the Chinese community. Chinese locals and tourists absolutely love fresh seafood and love the markets. The Sydney fish market has a large following from the Chinese community and lot’s of the food offerings are Chinese influenced.
The week before Chinese New Year things start going red, decorations get hung up, gold and red colours flood the market.
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is the turn of the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated each year and commences on New Years Eve through to the 15th of the first month. The first day of the new year falls somewhere between January 21 and February 20 and changes each year.
Chinese New Year is literally celebrated every day until the 15th. So if crowds concern you, stay away from the Sydney Fish Market on these dates.
As with most cultures, the Chinese celebrate their new year with family get together and food, and food, and food. Of this food, a large portion of it is fresh seafood with a large demand for king crab, lobsters and abalone. Sydney Fish Market offers all these amazing seafood creatures in abundance. Lobsters come in from the southern and eastern parts of the country, as do the crabs. The abalone is caught an hour or so south of Sydney and brought within a few hours of being caught.
As well as the abundance of seafood this time of year you will notice huge amounts of red and gold decorations. Red symbolizes good fortune, joy & happiness in Chinese culture is used in most Chinese celebrations including weddings. Yellow/gold is considered the most beautiful color. The Chinese believe that yellow generates Yin & Yang, which implies that yellow is the center of everything. Yellow also symbolizes neutrality and good luck and is paired with red in many Chinese designs. Yellow was the ancient colour of imperial China and is classed as the color of the legendary Chinese emperors.
So what about the red envelopes? The red envelope represents a monetary gift that is given during Chinese New Year, other cultural holidays and also weddings. The red envelope signifies good luck and the amount of money in the envelope normally ends with am even digit as odd number monetary donations are associated with funerals.
During Chinese New Year at the Sydney Fish Market, each retailer will place an envelope filled with money high on the wall of their shop. The red dragon will enter the market manned by a team of acrobats, drummers and dancers all looking for the red envelopes. Once found the dragon will stand up high and grab the envelope with his mouth and drums will beat louder and louder. This is a fun, high energy experience and great for the whole family.
So many people visit the Sydney Fish Market at this time of year that there is police directing the traffic. The car park is hectic too. The best way to get here is by taking public transport. Check the transport options here.
We look forward to seeing you down here next Chinese New Year.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai!