Councils across the country have begun their celebrations for the Australia Day long weekend, with some also hosting Lunar New Year of the Rat festivities which this year falls on 25 January.
Activities include citizenship ceremonies, citizen of the year awards, street parades barbecues and sport events.
The Australian of the Year Awards will be announced on 25 January in Canberra.
Some councils, such as Blacktown City Council in Western Sydney and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council in southern NSW, have cancelled their planned fireworks for Australia Day or Lunar New Year, and will instead give the money saved to bushfire appeals.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and beyond.
Willoughby City Council, for example, expects 50,000 people to attend three weeks of celebrations in Chatswood in northern Sydney.
Here’s a selection of Lunar New Year activities around Australia.
Chatswood (Willoughby City Council) until 8 Feb.
Sydney Lunar Festival (City of Sydney), 25 Jan-9 Feb
Cabramatta Lunar New Year (Fairfield City Council), 8-9 Feb
Midnight service, Darwin Chinese Temple (City of Darwin), 24 Jan
Festival Day, (City of Darwin), 22 Feb
Cairns, (Cairns Regional Council), 24 Jan
Fortitude Valley, (Brisbane City Council), 1-2 Feb
City of Townsville, 24 Jan
City of Adelaide, 25 Jan-8 Feb
Adelaide Tet Festival, 1-2 Feb
Lunar New Year Festival, (City of Hobart), 27 Jan
Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival, (City of Melbourne) until 8 Feb
Box Hill (City of White Horse), 1 Feb
Tet Festival, (City of Greater Dandenong), 1-2 Feb
Lunar New Year at Sovereign Hill, (City of Ballarat), 26 Jan & 2 Feb
Brookfield Place, (City of Perth) 25 Jan-8 Feb
Chinese New Year Fair, (City of Perth), 2 Feb