Time: 11am to 3pm
Date: Saturday 16 February 2013 and 10.30am Sunday 17 February 2013
Where: Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta
With a history that dates back thousands of years, the Lunar New Year Festival is celebrated by the Vietnamese and Chinese between late January and early February according to the Lunar calendar.
The Vietnamese name for New Year is ‘Tet’ and some years the symbol for that year varies from that used by the Chinese.
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In 2012, more than 12,000 visitors joined us to welcome the Year of the Dragon which promoted harmonious community relations and fostered a better understanding of the City’s largest cultural groups through music, lion dancers and traditional performers. In 2013, we welcome in the Year of the Snake and will transform Cabramatta’s Freedom Plaza into a hive of activity over two days. From the exciting lion and dragon dances to beautiful traditional dances, complete with costumes and vibrant live performances, the event offers a diverse, inclusive and enjoyable event for the community. The weekend will see a full entertainment program run on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 2013 and is filled with cultural performances, food competitions, cooking demos, children’s amusements, workshops and craft activities, martial arts and more.
The official ceremony will be held on Sunday 17 February in Freedom Plaza. A VIP lunch will follow the annual Blessing, conducted by the Australian Chinese Buddhist Society. The blessing seeks world peace, harmony in the family and good fortune for the local community in the year ahead.
Saturday 16 February
10.00am to 3.30pm Chinese Chess competition presented by Mekong Panthers with cash prizes
11.30am Meet the God of Fortune
Cooking demonstrations with Allen Lai, Executive Chef Iron Chef Chinese Seafood Restaurant and
Tony Inthavong, Owner and Head Chef Holy Basil Restaurant
12.25pm Celebrity Chef Charlie Yan demonstrating his famous fruit carving in stall and on stage
1.55pm Special appearance by hip hop dance crew Kookies N Kream
Sunday 17 February
10.30am Blessing of Cabramatta by the Australian Chinese Buddhist Association
11.20am Citizenship Ceremony
Official Proceedings and St.George Bank Shopping Promotion winner announced
Mekong Panther entertainment program including Vietnamese comedian Phuc Hau
NewsLocal Fairfield Advance - 'Put yourself in the local' photobooth
Nine Network's social media kiosk
Click here to view the full entertainment program for the Lunar New Year celebrations
The years of the snake
Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.
The sign of the snake
The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.
Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.
About Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world by the many cultures that observe the lunar calendar. Festivities begin on the first new moon of spring (in the northern hemisphere) or autumn (in the southern hemisphere), and end 15 days later as the full moon rises in the sky.
Greet people with Happy New Year to bring good fortune and prosperity:
Kung Hei Fat Choy – Cantonese
Gong Xi Far Tsai – Mandarin
Sae Hae Bok Manee Badusaeyo – Korean
Chúc Mừng Nam Mới – Vietnamese
Fairfield City Council would like to thank its generous sponsors of the 'Blue Star Air Conditioning Cabramatta Lunar New Year Festival'
Principal Snake Sponsor
Major Snake Sponsors
Supporting Snake Partners
Australian Chinese Buddhist Society
Cabramatta Bowling & Recreation Club
Iron Chef Seafood Restaurant
Peter Warren Honda
Phuoc Lo To Florist
Royal Umbrella Rice
Dan Viet Australia
NewsLocal Fairfield Advance
Nine Network Australia