Festivities set to begin

Chatswood to host major Chinese community celebration


THE north shore will celebrate Chinese New Year with a range of festivities starting this weekend.

Luna Park will host a special celebration to mark the Year Of The Dog on Friday.

Exciting lion dances, firecrackers and hundreds of Chinese lanterns will be shining bright red throughout the weekend.

A pop-up cafe will be serving dumplings and The Deck restaurant has created a menu with delicacies including crispy fried quail and noodle salad.

The City of Willoughby’s large Chinese community will be out in force for new year celebrations on Saturday, February 24.

It is no surprise that Willoughby boasts the third biggest Chinese New Year event in Sydney, given the fact that ten per cent of the LGA population were born in China and 20 per cent can claim Chinese heritage.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the annual festival is all about uniting the whole community, no matter your ethnic background.

“A lot of hard work has gone into making it the third largest event in Sydney and we are very pleased to have the partnership with the Chinese Cultural Centre,” Mayor Giles-Gidney told the North Shore Times.

“It is great to be able to give back to the Chinese community but we need to make sure that all the community is involved in the celebration.”

“We have done this for the last 21 years as a show to the local residents the spirit of the Chinese New Year,” Chairman of the NSW Chinese Cultural Centre, Bill Li, told the North Shore Times.

“The Chinese have a very rich culture that we are proud of and this is an opportunity to show that to the rest of the community.”

Willoughby’s Chinese New Year celebrations will take place at Chatswood Mall and Concourse precinct with the opening ceremony taking place at 9am.

The program is jampacked with events the whole family can enjoy including a parade, market stalls, traditional Chinese lion dancing, firecrackers, folk music and martial arts.


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