Cumberland Council will mark Lunar New Year with auspicious red banners flying across town centres and free, family-friendly entertainment at the Auburn Central Forecourt on Saturday 17 February, from 4pm.
The Lunar New Year Celebration is co-presented by Council, Dooleys and Auburn Central Shopping Centre and will include Lion Dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese cultural dancing and cultural markets.
Cumberland Council Mayor Greg Cummings invited residents to come down and welcome in the Lunar New Year in style.
“Lunar New Year is a truly global festival. It is celebrated right across Asia and wherever the Chinese have settled,” Mr Cummings said.
“Sydney now boasts the largest Lunar New Year Celebrations outside of mainland China. Cumberland’s celebrations are part of this mix.
“Traditionally the Lunar New Year is a time for being with family and feasting with loved ones; for sweeping away the old and making way for the new.
“When celebrated in Australia, Lunar New Year is also an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution Chinese-Australians have made to our way of life.
“This goes well beyond our love for Chinese food. The Chinese community has been and continues to be a wonderful contributor to Australia in the fields of politics, medicine, sport, community work, support services, and through a variety of other interests.
“This generosity is reflected in our banners, now flying across our town centres, wishing all our residents “Happy New Year”.
“Cumberland wouldn’t be the same vibrant and diverse community it is today without the contribution of Chinese- Australians.
“At the last Census in 2016 Chinese was the second most common ancestry for our residents. Nearly one in ten people trace their ancestry back to mainland China.
“On behalf of all my colleagues at Council, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!”