Parramatta's Centenary Square to host Lunar New Year celebrations

On fire: Master Ho and his Lions and Dragon gave passers-by in Centenary Square a sneak preview of Lunar New Year celebrations last week. Friday's celebrations will be from 4.30-9.30pm. Picture: Geoff Jones

On fire: Master Ho and his Lions and Dragon gave passers-by in Centenary Square a sneak preview of Lunar New Year celebrations last week. Friday's celebrations will be from 4.30-9.30pm. Picture: Geoff Jones

Parramatta will ring in the Year of the Rooster when Centenary Square comes alive with Lunar New Year celebrations on Friday.

On fire: Master Ho and his Lions and Dragon gave passers-by in Centenary Square a sneak preview of Lunar New Year celebrations last week. Friday's celebrations will be from 4.30-9.30pm. Picture: Geoff Jones

On fire: Master Ho and his Lions and Dragon gave passers-by in Centenary Square a sneak preview of Lunar New Year celebrations last week. Friday's celebrations will be from 4.30-9.30pm. Picture: Geoff Jones

The festivities will celebrate the flavours, colours and sounds of Asia with traditional and contemporary entertainment from local and international performers, workshops and a diverse menu of culinary delights to tempt all tastebuds.

“We have a vibrant Asian community in the City of Parramatta and this celebration is an important event in their cultural calendar and for the city,” council administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their beautiful and colourful traditions to the wider community.”

Comedian Michael Hing will host the main stage entertainment, starring local performer Sophia Bridget Dalisay, community groups and special guests, Shaan'xi Province Art Group.

The Lunar Food Village will feature cuisine from popular eateries including Tsuru, Jimmy Liks and Yan’s, as well as desserts from Koi and Kayter Co.

A colourful lantern canopy will be a great backdrop for selfies while workshops in lantern making, umbrella decorating, calligraphy and story time will keep young families busy.

A 10-minute fire show by the Dauntless Movement Crew, the traditional Lion and Dragon Dance, Chinese fire crackers and a fireworks show will ensure celebrations end with a bang.

“This year marks 200 years since Mak Sai Ying, also known as John Shying, arrived as a free settler, and worked as a carpenter before establishing his business in Parramatta. This story is particularly special because it reveals the beginnings of a long and fruitful relationship with the Chinese community in our city,” Ms Chadwick said

In the neighbouring Cumberland Council LGA, thousands will flock to Lidcombe for the Lunar Circus, 6-9pm.

Lion dancers will make their way down Joseph Street to Remembrance Park, where people will enjoy acrobatics, magicians, puppet shows and live music.

There will be carnival games and rides, arts activities and some of the best Asian food pop-up restaurants in Sydney with fanfare such as Korean and Filipino barbecues and steamed buns.

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