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Sydney Lunar Festival: lucky envelopes

Martin Place, Sydney - 4th February 2017. Official birthday proceedings celebrating Chinese New Year held in the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub. Photographer Katherine Griffiths.
Darling Square Library
Darling Square Library
Levels 1 and 2, The Exchange, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Tuesday 8 February from 1pm to 2pm

During Lunar New Year, the gift of a red envelope from family or friends is a traditional symbol of prosperity and good luck in Chinese and East Asian cultures.

This practice is one example of the many cultural protocols associated with gift giving. The City of Sydney's Civic Collection holds many gifts which have been presented to the people of Sydney and to the civic representatives in the course of their official duties.

Curator Margaret Betteridge will share some of the stories associated with gifts in the City’s collection and unravel some of the complexities associated with official gift-giving. 

Margaret Betteridge is the curator of the City of Sydney’s civic collection. She enjoys sharing special stories about Sydney through some of the City of Sydney’s fascinating and intriguing objects and archives.

Covid-safe information

When attending a City of Sydney venue, event or program we ask you to observe the following guidelines for the safety of staff, contractors and patrons.

  • Anyone over 12 years must wear a face mask in City of Sydney indoor venues

  • Sanitise your hands, on arrival (sanitiser will be provided)

  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your program commences to check in. Participants arriving earlier will be asked to wait outside at a safe distance until check in commences.

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  • Follow the signs and floor markings and maintain 1.5m physical distance from all people including staff at all times

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  • Observe the lift limits and use the stairs, and give priority to less mobile visitors.

On program completion, please leave the premises via the floor markers and do not linger to prevent overcrowding in entrances and passageways.

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