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Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate Lunar New Year with food, acrobatics, origami, and traditional lion and dragon dances.
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2020
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Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate Lunar New Year with food, acrobatics, origami, and traditional lion and dragon dances.
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2020
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You've already celebrated one new year but, mere weeks later, it's time to celebrate another. At the Georges River Council's Lunar New Year Festival, Hurstville's Forest Road will come alive to mark the Year of the Rat — with food, acrobatics, origami, traditional lion and dragon dances, and more.

The annual event attracts around 50,000 people each year and, based on the culinary lineup alone, it's easy to see why. On the menu: rice dumplings, pork buns, dragon beard candy and fluffy crunch fairy floss, as well as Japanese barbecue crepes and dumplings, Singapore noodles, mi goreng fries and Japanese pizza. You'll also be able to tuck into cups of loose leaf tea, plus milk rolls, milk pudding and snow cones.

Taking place from 10am on Saturday, January 18, you can also expect a parade of floats, including inflatable zodiac animals — and finalists from Sing! China Australia, aka The Voice of China Australia, belting out tunes. Jugglers and stilt-walkers will be moseying around, Chris Yee will paint a live mural, and workshops on origami, face-painting, umbrella art and Waikato drumming will be held.

There'll also be a Wishing Tree Forest, where you can write down your wish for the new year, add it to the trees and cross your fingers that it'll come true.

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