Sydney- You’ve done it again! What an awesome city we live in! This year Sydney is hosting one of the biggest celebrations of Chinese New year in the world (outside of China) so get ready for a month of parades, Chinese food, traditional dancing and art exhibitions!

The festivities are kicking off this Friday starting with the official (free) launch with the Lord Mayor of Sydney at Dawes point from 7pm. We’re really looking forward to seeing the ‘Terracotta army’ exhibition inspired by the ancient Chinese Terracotta warriors glowing against Sydney harbour. There will be food trucks, traditional drumming and lion dancing (traditional Chinese dancing in case you were wondering!) If you miss the launch check out the Terracotta Army exhibition anytime from dusk til midnight from Friday until Sunday 22nd Feb.

This year it’s the year of the sheep, a particularly lucky year in the Chinese calendar and also my birth year so I’m excited to get involved in the celebrations! Here’s are the events I’d recommend checking out over the next month..

If you’re wondering what to do for valentines day this Saturday and you enjoy Asian grub, head to Sydney’s Chinatown, Thaitown and Koreatown* for the Chinese Lunar Street’s festival. The streets will be set up with outdoor tables with restaurants offering traditional dishes from China, Thailand and Korea. After you’ve had a bite to eat, head to the Chinese garden of friendships in Darling harbour for the twilight tea party (7pm-11pm) to check out contemporary Chinese art and calligraphy.

If you’re a foodie don’t miss the Lunar markets in Pyrmont from this Thursday until the 22nd Feb from 5pm most days.

The highlight of the month ( I believe!) is the Chinese New year twilight parade which kicks off at Sydney’s Town hall at 8pm on Sunday 22nd Feb. Head down to follow the lanterns, floats and light projections through Chinatown ending up in Darling Harbour for the fireworks- it’s all free!

Chinese boat racing is coming to Sydney! Head to Darling harbour on the 28th Feb and 1st march at 9am to check out the 12 metre long boats racing (an ancient Chinese tradition.)

There are loads more free events and exhibitions going on to celebrate Chinese new year so check out the official website for more details.

Happy Chinese New Year, enjoy the food and celebrations!  See you all at the parade!

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*Chinatown: Sussex Street, between Goulburn and Hay Streets

Thaitown: Campbell Street, between George and Pitt Streets

Koreatown: Pitt Street, between Central and Liverpool Streets