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Chinese New Year Lantern Festival 2019

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Come and see these amazing lanterns and more
This event will be a carnival of light, food, shows and Chinese culture. Sydney's biggest Chinese community event is celebrating its fifth anniversary with one of the most spectacular Chinese lantern displays ever seen in Australia!

It will be on at Darling Harbour from 14th till the 18th February 2019, when the festival will welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Pig.

As the centrepiece, the 2019 official Chinese New Year Lantern Festival will feature a Great Wall of China lantern display which will go right across Darling Harbour's Tumbalong Park.

It will be a total 30 metres in length, with an entrance gate that will be almost three stories in height and it will be one of the largest ever single Chinese lanterns constructed outside of China! Impressive? Sounds extremely impressive!

Chinese lantern traditions symbolise "family reunion, luck and bring good fortune into the New Year!" It is sure to be an enjoyable day and one for all nationalities.

The Year of the Pig is one of the most auspicious occasions in the Chinese Zodiac. It will see hundreds of lanterns, lit up by more than two thousand individual lights, lining the Darling Harbour's Tumbalong Park. In total, the lighting installations will cover more than a whopping 9,000 plus square metres! Impressed once again? Surely!

There will be performances of the following:

Traditional Chinese dance
Martial arts, with the biggest ever troupe of performers joining the 2019 festival.

In total, there will be 200 individual artists performing across multiple stages, with shows running from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm.

As well as all this entertainment, in 2019 there will be a largely expanded Chinese Lantern Food & Noodle Fair. Twenty stalls will be serving you with a host of Chinese and Asian cuisines and they will open up onto a Chinese-themed Lantern Beer Garden. At this Beer Garden, you will be able to buy refreshments from the afternoons until the early evenings. There will be dedicated seating for you to sit back, relax and take in the view with a cold beverage and/or a delicious spicy noodle dish.

Entry is FREE, so come along and be part of Australia's biggest celebration of Chinese food, lights, performance and culture!

The pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which are in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The year of the pig will last until 24th January 2020.

Each twelfth year corresponds to hai and is also called the Year of the Pig. There are also five types of pigs, named after the Chinese elements.

Pig is supposedly a mild and a lucky animal representing "carefree fun, good fortune and wealth." Personality traits of people who are born under the sign of the Pig are happy, usually easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave! They can also be stubborn, naive, self-indulgent, easy to anger and materialistic. They are sometimes regarded as being lazy.

More information about the event can be seen at this link.
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Why? For a Chinese Lantern Festival like no other
When: From 14th to 18th February 2019
Where: Darling Harbour
Cost: FREE entry
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