Mon­key ma­nia at fes­ti­val

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

At­ten­dees

could

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.”

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

He­len Zhao with Tazmyn, 3, at the Lu­nar New Year Fes­ti­val.

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