Monkey mania at festival
MORE than 20,000 people gathered to ring in the Lunar New Year at Nurragingy Reserve on Friday.
The vibrant Blacktown Lunar Festival ushered in the Year Of The Monkey with rousing entertainment, tasty traditional Asian cuisine and plenty of cultural activities against the backdrop of the Doonside reserve’s Chang Lai Chinese Garden.
learn their future from a fortune teller, try their hand at calligraphy, carve fruit and paint lovely patterns on traditional fans.
The little ones were entertained by the free amusement rides and were wowed by a sizzling Korean cooking demonstration.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said it was a deliberate decision to incorporate other Asian cultures into the traditional Chinese New Year festivities. “The Lunar New Year is recognised and celebrated by people of China, Korea, Mongolia, Japan and Vietnam,” Cr Bali said.
“It’s clear this has resonated with the wider community. It highlights the diversity of our community and shows we enjoy celebrating each other’s festivals and Blacktown really knows how to organise wonderful public events.”
Helen Zhao with Tazmyn, 3, at the Lunar New Year Festival.