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Chinese Lantern Carnival 2015

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Glowing sights not to be missed - will leave you in awe
As part of Chinese New Year and the Month of Love in Darling Harbour, the Chinese Lantern Carnival is set to light up Tumbalong Park with a colourful magic wonderland of lotuses, golden fish and dragons along with lights of ancient Chinese architecture in a 10 metre lantern porch merging with the water.

Steeped in tradition from the Han Dynasty, lanterns bring luck and good fortune as well as uniting families and this carnival is set to dazzle over 4 evenings with lots of cultural performances and folk arts, authentic Asian food, handicrafts, workshops and fun activities.

Try your hand at making your own lantern or shadow puppet, calligraphy and more. The Kung Fu demonstrations may be more your thing or the breathtaking acrobatics. See traditional Chinese instruments, roaming stilt performers and a dragon dance troupe or relax at the open air cinema. There's something for everyone to enjoy.

Savour the memories by dressing up and having your picture taken in the costume photo booth. Get your family and friends together and have some fun.

Chinese New Year

In another lantern display not far away at Hickson Rd Reserve Dawes Point, and equally as bright as the above lanterns, you can find replicas of China's hidden terracotta warriors that were unearthed by a group of farmers back in 1974. This display opens the Chinese New Year festivities in Sydney on 13 Feb and runs to 22 Feb. These lantern warriors, made of fabric and wire and of which there are 90, depict men, women and children as well as two horses that glow in sight of our iconic Harbour Bridge. They turn on at dusk and off at midnight.

It is the first time these warriors have been on display in Australia. Previously they have only been on show in China and the UK. The festival launch will also see traditional drumming, a glimpse of the Twilight Parade entertainment and lion dances.

In this year of the goat and sheep, ponder on this cultural pageant, heritage and tradition. These animals are gentle and calm and people under the sign of the sheep are said to be tender, kind-hearted and polite. Our society could take a few lessons here in the wake of all the recent bloodshed here and abroad.

Year of the Sheep

Have a Happy Lunar New Year.
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Why? To celebrate the Lunar New Year
When: 10am-10pm except Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free (bar personal expenses)
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