Entertainment

If This Is Really Demi Adejuyigbe's Last 'September' Video, It's a Perfect Farewell

One of the internet's best traditions gets an endearingly goofy send-off.

Check your calendar: Today is September 21, 2021, and that means it’s time to once again remember the 21st of September, the specific date immortalized in Earth, Wind, and Fire’s 1978 hit “September.” To mark the occasion, Amber Ruffin Show writer and comedian Demi Adejuyigbe, who you might know for producing hilariously surreal fake end-credits songs or leaving 57 DVD copies of the movie Click at his parents house, has released his latest “9/21” video where he dances along to the song, a tradition he’s been carrying on for the last six years. But, according to Adejuyigbe, this is the final one. And what a way to go out!

Opening with Adejuyigbe chatting at a bar about Grease right before the clock strikes midnight, the video features some dancing on a table, dancing up a wall, and dancing around a pool. He even gets in the Grease car and flies away at the end. There are also some welcome cameos from actual members of Earth, Wind, and Fire during the credits, too. Obviously, the series has come a long way since its humble origins in 2016, when the initial video showed Adejuyigbe goofing around in his apartment and wearing a “Sept. 21” t-shirt.

Like last year when he raised over $330,000, he’s using the video to raise money for charities. If you donate $10, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a painting of the Sept. 21st jersey featured in the video, and he’ll hand-deliver it to you, no matter where you live in the world. (Also, for every $100,000 raised, he’ll raffle off a Sept. 21 jersey.) The funds raised will go towards Hurricane Ida relief organization Imagine Water Works, West Texas abortion access non-profit the West Fund, and climate change advocacy group the Sunrise Movement. You can enter the raffle and make your donation here

In the video, Adejuyigbe makes reference to the painting being made to commemorate the “end” of the “September” videos. So, will this actually be the big finale? In an interview with Vulture from 2020, Adejuyigbe discussed his own thought process as the date draws closer. “Every year, I think, I won’t do it this year,” he said. “I tweet, ‘I won’t do it this year.’ And then I come up with an idea and I go, ‘Okay, that might be fun. Maybe I’ll do that.’ That’s the cycle every year.”

So, we’ll have to wait a year and see if he changes his mind. In the meantime, make those donations and check out the rest of the September videos and watch as they get more and more elaborate each year. (Here they are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.) After all, you’ve got the whole day to celebrate. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Dan Jackson is a senior staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. He’s on Twitter @danielvjackson.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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