Thousands celebrate Lunar Festival

Published Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Children dance at Lunar New Year celebrations

Despite the heat, more than 8,000 people visited Cabramatta over the weekend to celebrate one of the most important events on the South East Asian calendar at the Cabramatta Lunar New Year festival.

Visitors travelled from all parts of Sydney to be part of this amazing cultural event and to witness the colour and spectacle that accompanies a traditional Lunar New Year celebration.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Lunar New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster, was a huge success and Council was proud to host this important festival for families in our community.

“This event continues to grow in stature each year as people discover the incredible cultural events Fairfield City has to offer,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It was a fantastic day of celebrating the Lunar New Year and Year of the Rooster with so many people enjoying the festivities, great performances and fun activities on offer despite the very hot weather.

“Families from all over Sydney came to enjoy the day, check out the wonderful food and market stalls and take part in fun competitions such as the one handed prawn peeling contest.

“In the Year of the Rooster our baby chicken display was a hit with young and old alike.  

“Fairfield City Council would like to thank the Cabramatta community for making this event a success and we wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.”

The Cabramatta Lunar New Year festivities celebrated everything Rooster and chicken.

Crowds were treated to an array of activities including:

  • Amazing performances from our local high schools
  • Feathered Friends interactive bird show
  • Tranquil pop-up Asian rainforest
  • The BlackTies Magic Show
  • Baby chicken display and Animal nursery
  • Cabramatta Bowls Food competitions
  • God of Fortune
  • Carnival games and rides
  • Food and market stalls

Events such as the Cabramatta Lunar New Year Festival would not be possible without the generous and continued support of our sponsors and dedicated work of volunteers.

The winners of the competitions were:

Saturday 11 February 2017

•           Prawn peeling comp – Leilani Talalelei from Cabramatta

•           Children’s chopsticks – Sandra Le from Fairfield

Sunday 12 February 2017

•           Prawn peeling comp – Oanh Trinh from Cabramatta and Arthur Thai from Canley Heights

•           Children’s chopsticks – Tiffany Lang from Padstow


Event sponsors were:


•           Mekong Mounties Group



•           Australian Chinese Buddhist Society

•           Cabramatta Bowling

•           Cabra-Vale Diggers 

•           Ettason

•           Peter Warren Automotive

•           Vodafone


•           BKK Shopping Centre

•           Blue Star Air Conditioning

•           Central Equity

•           DK Partners & OptionGroup

•           Homart

•           Lebara mobile

•           Nestle

•           The Fairfield Hotel

•           Royal Umbrella


•           2AC Chinese Radio 

•           Danviet Newspaper

•           TVB Australia

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Phone:                        9725 0166