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2014 Year of the Horse

Sydney’s Chinese New Year festivals are always a spectacular celebration of the city’s diversity. From traditional parades to markets to lunar feasts to dragon boat races, there is an event for everyone.

And 2014, the year of the horse, will be no exception with countless events across the city and fun celebrations in Chatswood.

In central Sydney the festival runs from Friday 24 January to Sunday 9 February with more than 80 events across the city. A full program is available on the official festival website or you can download it here. There are too many things to mention in one short blog but here are some highlights:

Festival Launch Fri 24 Jan, 6pm – 8pm, Belmore Park The 2014 festival kicks off in Belmore Park (just around the corner from Iglu Central so there is no excuse) with live entertainment, markets, food and loads more.

Chinese New Year Markets Fri 24 – Sun 26 Jan, Belmore Park Go along and treat yourself to some mouth-watering spicy dishes, see some cooking demonstrations, catch a live performance or settle in for an outdoor film. The markets will be a feast for your senses.

Chinese New Year Twilight Parade Sun 2 Feb, 8pm – 12am, Sydney Town Hall (From Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown followed by fireworks at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour) Celebrate the year of the horse with the magic and colour of the traditional Chinese New Year parade. As the program says, “saddle up, giddy up, and be part of a night to remember!”

Dragon Boat Races Sat 8 Feb (8am – 5pm) – Sun 9 Feb (9am – 3pm), Cockle Bay Wharf What a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year. If you want to see some The the annual Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay and watch the dragon boat crews battle it out to the beating of drums.

In Chatswood, celebrations will be held on Saturday 8 February in Chatswood Mall from 10:00am to 4:00pm – right next door to our brand new Iglu Chatswood property. Traditional Lion and Dragon Dances will welcome the New Year, followed by an assortment of performances and entertainment. Add to this more than 30 specialty stalls selling Chinese products and food and it is bound to be a great day for all.

You can click here to find out more about the Chatswood event.

The Year of the Horse

If you want to know more about the Year of the Horse, click here for a great overview.

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