Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Hurstville marks 20th Lunar New Year

Georges River Council’s annual Lunar New Year Festival will return to Hurstville on Saturday 28 January as Council marks the popular festival’s 20th year.

Around 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival to welcome the Year of Rabbit in Sydney’s South.

Georges River Council Mayor, Nick Katris said Lunar New Year was one of Council’s largest community celebrations for locals and visitors to Hurstville.

“This year, visitors can expect the traditional activities such as lion dancing, red envelope giveaways and an abundance of different cuisines to enjoy, plus a few surprises and much more,” the Mayor said.

“Celebrating Lunar New Year goes beyond the festive food, vibrant colours and good fortune, it’s about families reuniting to spend time together and continuing the traditions with their loved ones.”

As part of Council’s commitment to public art, Council engaged Sydney-based artist, Chrissy Lau, to create a public art mural for Lunar New Year.

Her artwork, ‘Fun Rabbit, Fun Rabbit, Fun, Fun, Fun’ features eight lucky Feng Shui rabbits leaping and dancing with auspicious imagery to celebrate Lunar New Year. The mural will be on display at Hurstville Interchange Park during the festival.

SBS Mandarin Executive Producer, Lili Zhou said SBS was pleased to partner with Georges River Council to celebrate Lunar New Year.

“The SBS Chinese team helped judge the winner: all entrants did a fabulous job showcasing the Year of the Rabbit which symbolises wisdom, prudence and vitality. Congratulations to local artist Chrissy Lau on her fun and playful winning design.”

“This will be the first Lunar New Year without restrictions since the pandemic, so SBS is pleased to be celebrating alongside all Australians and bringing these vibrant cultural festivities to life for the wider community,” she said.

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