Sydney Gathers To Ring In The Chinese New Year

Each year, the Sydney community gathers to ring in the Chinese New Year. It’s a bold and vivacious event which brings together the best of both worlds, offering visitors great cuisine, entertainment and a unique party atmoshpere. There’s always plenty to see and do, and this year was no exception!

CNY in full swing!

CNY in full swing!

More than a hundred thousand people gathered to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, the single largest celebration of CNY outside of mainland China. The atmosphere was palpable and filled with fun, with revellers occupying every single square inch of the CBD limits.

“The Twilight Parade is an excellent way we celebrate Sydney’s cultural diversity,” Councillor Clover Moore told the Sydney Morning Herald. And indeed it was. Complete with fireworks and thousands of home-grown and international performers, the Chinese New Year celebrations were among the year’s best. There were colourfully designed dragons, as well as idiosyncratic Chinese-Australian creations (a five metre merino sheep named Wisdom) – it was truly a feast for the senses.

Over the last few weeks, festival organisers have been preparing for the last CNY to take place on George Street (the street will be closed next year for van infrastructure project). In the end, the festival culminated in a majestic fireworks display at Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour, complete with flame-throwers and bursting fire-crackers.

Participants from the local Chinese-Australian community were involved in the event, with revellers from the Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou and Beijing areas included. Each year, the festivities draw in tens of thousands of tourists and locals, demonstrating the true diversity and breadth of the Chinese-Australian culture and the contribution it has made to our nation.

So next year, be sure to make it along to the Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney. It really is one of the social highlights of the year!

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