Lunar New Year in Parramatta

The City of Parramatta is set to welcome the Year of the Rat at the annual Lunar New Year celebration in Centenary Square, on Friday 7 February from 5pm-9.30pm.

The evening of cultural fun will feature an array of music, food, performances, and workshops that the whole family can enjoy.

“Events such as Lunar New Year are a great opportunity for the community to celebrate our multicultural City,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“I would encourage locals and visitors to come and enjoy a wonderful evening of Asian culture as we ring in the Lunar New Year.”

The mainstage will come alive with performances from internationally-renowned Nanjang and Pan Korean Percussion group, Lion and Dragon dancers, Chinese folk groups and more. Later in the evening, the block dance party will feature electro artists Midnight Pool Party, Clarissa Mei and Yoni Yen.

Event goers can explore the many food options on offer, including Mr Wangs rainbow dumplings, Korean BBQ, and Firepop who have created some bespoke new dishes for the event. Those with a sweet tooth can try the delicious KOI Deserts or one of Mix Mix Co’s Halo-Halo creations. Lunar Lounge will also return with some brand new cocktails to try.

Families will love Lunar Land, where there will be craft workshops including umbrella painting, drum making, and Chinese calligraphy. Dancekool will also be performing and teaching some KPOP and Hip Hop dance moves.

According to lunar astrology, the Year of the Rat represents success, adaptability and strength.

Parramatta’s Lunar New Year celebrations are from 5pm to 9.30pm on Friday 7 February 2020 in Centenary Square adjacent to Parramatta Town Hall.

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Lunar New Year in Blacktown

The Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Nurragingy Reserve will be adorned with colour and movement next Friday as we prepare to ring in the Year of the Rat.

“Blacktown will be celebrating the many cultures that observe the Lunar New Year,” Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said.

“We are one of the most multicultural cities in Australia, with 188 nationalities speaking 184 languages and we are proud that our Lunar New Year Festival attracts so many people from many different cultures.
“Last year thousands gathered at the Chinese Gardens to celebrate Lunar New Year and I look forward to seeing a similar crowd this year.

“Grab your family, friends and a picnic blanket and join us for an evening of culture and celebration at this year’s Lunar New Year event!

“Council has decided to cancel the fireworks display out of respect for those who have lost loved ones and property in the bushfires, but we still have the traditional string crackers, drums, dancers, displays and a huge range of exciting events for people of all ages.”

The event will feature live cultural stage entertainment, food and market stalls, free kids rides, interactive workshops and demonstrations, lion and dragon dance, traditional Chinese New Year blessing ceremony, roving performers, free kids craft, lantern making, fan decorating, calligraphy, origami, and more.

“Blacktown’s Lunar New Year Festival is a wonderful reflection of the cultural richness of this great city,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“I encourage every one of all ages and backgrounds to come together for what is certain to be an entertaining celebration, welcoming the Lunar New Year.”

Event details - Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat

When: Friday 31 January
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: Chang Lai Garden, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside