The Chinese New Year begins on February 1 and there’s a lot happening in and around the city as part of the Sydney Lunar Festival.  2019 is the year of the Pig – the Earth Pig to be precise – so expect a lot of pink decor and endless squeals of delight.  Chinatown is an obvious place to start, with festivities running throughout the 10-day New Year period. The precinct will be adorned with brilliant red, gold and pink lanterns and will be animated with drumming and lion dancers over the two weekends of the festival. The Chinese Garden of Friendship will feature traditional performances, demonstrations, and workshops everyday of the festival.
For some adrenalin packed fun, go to Cockle Bay on February 9 and 10 for the thrilling and visually spectacular Dragon Boat Races – the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The boats are stunning, the races are electrifying, and there’s all day entertainment over the whole event.
If you’d prefer a more serene experience, take an evening stroll among the Lunar Lanterns at The Rocks. Thirteen gorgeously coloured, brightly lit, large animal figures representing each sign of the Chinese zodiac will be placed along a scenic walking route.
Enjoy a traditional and auspicious 6-course Chinese banquet at The Star Event Centre. Presented in collaboration with The Century restaurant, the package includes a superb menu, wine and sparkling, non-alcoholic drinks, and live entertainment.
This is just a very small sampling of the Sydney Lunar Festival program.
For more visit whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/major-events/sydney-lunar-festival

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