Welcome the Year of the Rooster in a free festival in Parramatta
Parramatta will welcome the Year of the Rooster at its annual Lunar New Year celebrations in Centenary Square. The event marks the 200th anniversary of the first Chinese immigrant to Australia. Mak Sai Ying, also known as John Shying, arrived as a free settler and worked as a carpenter before establishing his business in Parramatta.
The Friday night festivities include performances, food and workshops. Comedian Michael Hing will host the main stage entertainment featuring local performer Sophia Bridget Dalisay and Shaan'xi Province Art Group.
The Lunar Food Village will feature cuisine from eateries like Jimmy Liks and Yan’s, as well as desserts from Koi and KayterCo. Plus, there’ll be workshops including lantern making, umbrella decorating, calligraphy and storytelling.
In the evening, there’ll be a fire show by the Dauntless Movement Crew, traditional lion and dragon dancing, Chinese firecrackers and fireworks.