The Chinese New Year is celebrated with equal joy and enthusiasm outside China. One of the largest Chinese New Year Festivals is marked by Sydney-siders and tourists, with a month long of merrymaking.
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As dusk approaches, Sydney’s streets transform with the spectacular Twilight Parade. It commences with a ceremony of dotting an ancient eye that is meant to awaken spirits of the lions. This is followed by the display of beautiful lanterns, colourful floats, live music, swirling costumes, animated dragons, neon imagery, mass choreography, and projections decorating the streets and buildings in honour of the sheep – the zodiac that marks the year 2015. The floats that weave a story depicting characteristics of the magical creature such as wisdom, cleverness, placidity, dependability, kindness and creativity, go past excited onlookers through the lanes of Sydney.
The annual parade starts outside Town Hall, makes its way past George Street, Chinatown, and closes with a firework display at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The festival showcases food from several restaurants across Sydney. At Cockle Bay, a thrilling Dragon Boat competition is witnessed every year. Overall, it is a great night-out for local and international communities to celebrate the much-loved Lunar Year festivities.
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