Chinese New Year celebrations are kicking off all over Sydney, and Parramatta will also take part in the festivities. Celebrating the Year of the Rooster, Parramatta will be holding a series of events as part of its yearly Lunar New Year celebrations in Centenary Square on Friday 3 February 2017 from 4.30pm to 9.30pm.
In addition to the festivities in Centenary Square, there will also be a Lunar New Year event in Parramatta's Wentworth Point, by the banks of the Parramatta River, on Saturday 4 February. Events are free participants, and are a great way of interacting with the local community, celebrating Lunar New Year and getting to know more about the area!
Comedian Michael Hing will host the main stage festivities, which features the likes of local performer Sophia Bridget Dalisay and the event's special guests, Shaan'xi Province Art Group.
Festivities and attractions available during the celebrations include:
Food from the Lunar Food Village, with cuisine from Tsuru, Jimmy Liks and Yan's, as well as mouth-watering desserts from Koi and KayterCo.
A treat for all selfie addicts in the form of a colourful lantern canopy, where you can wander through Lunar Land's workshops and take part in lantern making and umbrella decorating, to calligraphy and story time.
The evening will be topped off with a 10 minute fireshow by the Dauntless Movement Crew. It wouldn't be a Lunar New Year celebration without the traditional Lion & Dragon Dance and Chinese fire crackers, too!
Wentworth Point's festivities on Saturday, 4th February also include a Lion Dance, as well as a picnic, magic tricks and balloons for the young and the young at heart, face painting and plenty of music.
Whilst The Year of the Rooster is an important event, it's also important to note that 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese immigrant, Mak Sai Ying, to the area. Also known as John Shying, he worked as a carpenter with John Blaxland, then worked on his own business ventures in Parramatta.
ABOUT THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
The Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar always follows the Year of the Monkey, which was last year. A Rooster year comes around every 12 years. In Chinese culture, the Rooster is a symbol of reliability and loyalty, because, you guessed it, a rooster likes to crow loudly and like clockwork every morning, waking people up on time in its perfectly punctual manner. People born in the Rooster year are known as attractive, honest, studious and diligent in their work, kind and courageous. They're organised and their home is well-kept. On the flipside, however, they can also be a little arrogant!