Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

A fine fit for Sydney

Under the 12-year lunar calendar, the Year of the Sheep celebrates strength, fortitude and perseverance. Such traits, personified by the shearer and swagman in our folklore, drove Australia’s rise from humble beginnings to prosperity in the European era.

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Year of the Sheep

In Australia for the first time, The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors added to the allure of Sydney Harbour from 13 to 22 February during the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

The artwork was created for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 by a team of Chinese artists including Xia Nan, which features 90 warriors standing 2.1m tall along with 2 warrior horses that lit up Hickson Road Reserve in brilliant bursts of colour.

The warriors shone in red, green, yellow and blue and, as they are fashioned out of fabric and wire, they had all the delicacy of a traditional Chinese lantern.

It was inspired by the famous army of terracotta warriors uncovered in the tomb of China’s first Emperor in 1974, and uses traditional Chinese lantern designs to re-imagine the awe-inspiring historic discovery.

The lantern warriors are accurate replicas of the original 8,000 warriors and horses, although artist Xia Nan has decided to add women and children as they represent inheritance and the future. The artwork has previously only been shown in China and the United Kingdom.

Lunar Streets 

Asian food lovers were in for a treat with restaurants in Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown serving up a feast on Sydney streets for the first time as part of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival.

For one night only, Saturday 14 February, streets in and around Haymarket took part in Lunar Streets, serving the unique flavours and cultures of countries across Asia. 

Long alfresco tables for diners stood amid colourful performances by roving entertainers and a mix of Asian pop hits courtesy of PopAsia. Shaun The Sheep roamed Lunar Streets offering a chance win tickets to the Australian premiere of Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. 

From lanterns to fashion and even a Buddha made from ash, there were a host of other fabulous exhibitions and activities taking place over Chinese New Year. 

More than 80 family-friendly events made up the City’s Sydney Chinese New Year 2015 program, the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.

Visit the official Chinese New Year site for all the details.

Last updated: Monday, 2 March 2015