Chinese Lantern Carnival
- Thu Feb 19 - Sun Feb 22 2015
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Darling Harbour will be decorated with amazing colourful traditional lanterns in this dazzling Chinese Lantern Carnival for the Lunar New Year celebrations. Thousands of lanterns will form a ten-metre-long lantern porch that will merge with lotus lanterns drifting on the water, dragon lanterns flying in the sky and a series of lights forming ancient Chinese architecture. The kids will adore the spectacular lanterns that will illuminate the Harbour with a magical scene of lotuses, dragons, birds, fishes and much more.
While the dragon dance troupe from Hunan Province and the kung fu demonstrations with breathtaking acrobatics and daring stilt walkers will add to the vibrant atmosphere for everyone. There will also be shadow puppetry, calligraphy and all the old world beauty of Chinoiserie dressing, as well as traditional instruments and dancing.
Asian cuisine foodies and cultural enthusiasts will also enjoy over 50 stalls selling everything from dumplings to rice balls, handicrafts, open air cinema, workshops and fun activities for the whole family.
Originating from Han Dynasty, the Chinese lantern tradition symbolises family reunion, luck and bringing good fortune into the New Year. Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival for Chinese people all over the world and this year the Australia China Economics, Trade and Culture Association together with Nanhai Culture & Media (Australia) has put together an amazing holiday celebration.
Chinese New Year not only conveys the cultural heritage and ethics of the Chinese nation, but also condenses their life pursuit and emotional sustenance. The Chinese Lantern Carnival is not only a festival event; it is a cultural pageant, where everyone in Sydney can get to know more about the Chinese culture and traditions. No matter where they are, the Chinese New Year has always been laid deep down in every Chinese soul.
WHEN: Thurs 19 Feb to Sun 22 Feb 2015
TIME: 10am to 10pm, except Sunday 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
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