Lunar New Year Festival (2013)

8 Feb

No. 28 of my top 100 things I love about Cabra

Lunar New Year is by far the BIGGEST celebration in Cabra. From a local’s point of view, this is our true holiday.  We typically work really hard throughout the year and don’t even stop for public holidays, however Lunar New Year is when we let our hair down.

Think firecrackers, screaming kids, loud drums, lion dancing and lots of FOOD!

This year the Cabramatta festivities will fall on the 16th and 17th February 2013. This weekend was chosen over the true Lunar New Year (10th February) to allow the locals to attend to their families (where we will be eating, playing games, attending temple blessings and gift/money giving).

The local council is well aware of the common belief ,that what you do on Lunar New Year’s Day is a predictor of how you will spend the rest of the year, and so not working is mandatory! (note: avoid visiting cabra on 10th February 2013 as everything will be closed!).

When? Two days, 16/2/13  11am to 3pm & 17/2/13 10:30am to 3pm.

Where? Freedom Plaza (some road closures, avoid John St)

Costs? Free

Highlights? Market stalls, Lion dancing, Children’s amusement ride, Children’s umbrella making workshop & God of Fortune & Lucky Red Envelopes.

Competitions? St George Bank $2000 Flight Centre Gift Card (spend $10), Cabra-Vale Digger’s Children’s Chopstick Challenge, Bun eating &  Prawn peeling & Mekong Panthers Chinese Chess competition (cash prize).

Entertainment Program
(Cultural Stage in Freedom Plaza)

Saturday 16 February

11:00am MC Welcome

11:05am Dong Tam Lion Dancing Association
11:35am Cooking Demo 1 – Allen Lai from Iron Chef Seafood Restaurant 12:00pm Cooking Demo 2 – Tony Inthavong from Holy Basil Restaurant
12:25pm Celebrity Chef Charlie Yan – Fruit Carving Demonstration
12:35pm Johnny and Vanessa Tu
1:05pm Cabra-Vale Diggers Food Competitions – Children’s Chopstick Challenge, Bun Eating and Prawn Peeling
1:40pm Fashion Parade presented by Glamour World Beauty
1:55pm Kookies N Kream
2:25pm TVBA presents Cathy Wong and Mandy Ng
3:00pm Stage Closes

Sunday 17 February

10:30am MC Welcome
10:35am Blessing of Cabramatta, Citizenship Ceremony and Official Opening

1:00pm Mekong Panthers Entertainment

1:50pm Cabra-Vale Diggers Food Competitions – Children’s Chopstick Challenge, Bun Eating and Prawn Peeling
2:25pm Sisca Hunt Indonesian Dancers
3:00pm Stage Closes

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2 Responses to “Lunar New Year Festival (2013)”

  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme February 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Awesome can’t wait to check it out! :D

  2. Scott February 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Performing throughout the weekend was such a thrill. The other lion dance teams I saw did well also! What I saw of the festival was great too :)

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