Parramatta will come to life with the sounds of roaring drums, bright colours, delicious Asian cuisine, and a jam-packed schedule of activities and entertainment to welcome in the Lunar New Year of the Snake.
Residents and visitors are invited to take part in a number of cultural events and enjoy roving performances along Church Street on Friday, February 15.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said this year’s celebrations would reﬂect Parramatta’s diversity.
‘‘Parramatta is fortunate that so many of our residents are of Asian heritage,’’ Cr Chedid said.
‘‘There is no need to travel abroad to experience authentic culture when you can ﬁnd everything you need here in Parramatta.
‘‘You can try all the ﬂ avours of Asia, and it’s free.’’
On the night, the Sydney Chinese Dance Group and the Chinese Music School of Sydney will wow audiences with traditional Chinese dance and music.
There will be a performance by Lee Mohtaji, a former leading acrobat from Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, martial arts demonstrations, ﬁre dancers, hip hop street performers and a lion and dragon dance with ﬁ re crackers.
Experience some of the many interactive workshops including how to write your name in Chinese calligraphy and the art of paper folding or origami.
There’s also an opportunity to meet live snakes, make a fan and have your face painted.
A tasty array of noodle markets and Asian food stalls will tempt visitors to try Shanghai dumplings, Asian gourmet barbecue, prawn rolls, Vietnamese rolls.
Effective Voice of Ladies (EvoL), Korea’s newest girl band and the hottest thing to come out of the country since Psy, will headline the event.
Road closures from Church Street Mall to Church Street South for the parade between 7pm and 7.30pm.
Roads affected are Church Street South, and the intersection around Argyle and Darcy streets.
Details: Church Street Mall, Parramatta; Ph: 8839 3311; discoverparramatta.com.
Year of the Snake
2013 is the year of the Snake.
Snakes are influential and insightful, and are more flexible than other signs.
People born in the year of the Snake are said to manage others well and are very determined to succeed.
They are very affectionate to their family and friends, but do not show this side of their personality to others, especially colleagues or business partners.
Other years of the Snake are 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001.
Sign of the Snake
The Snake is the intuitive, observant and refined of the animal signs.
They are graceful and exciting people but can appear cunning and vain.
They are very attractive people who do not stress or become flustered easily.
The Snake is not outwardly emotional.
They will scheme and plot a plan to make certain things turn out exactly as they want and can become possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.
The year ahead
People born in the year of the Snake can expect good fortune in their relationships.
Make the most of this year as Snakes will be shining both in their professional and personal environments.
They will also overcome setbacks created in 2012.
Snakes can also welcome financial fortune in the second half year of this year.
Year of the Snake facts
● Lucky gemstone: Topaz.
● Lucky colour: Red.
● Compatible signs for the Snake: Rooster, Ox and Dragon.
● Incompatible signs for the Snake: Pig, Monkey and Tiger.
● Careers for Snakes: Scientists, analysts, jewellers, spiritual leaders, sociologists, astrologers, investigators and painters.
● Westfield Parramatta will hold Asian cooking demonstrations and kids workshops on Saturday, February 9, to celebrate Chinese New Year.
● Church Street Mall in Parramatta will have roving entertainment, Asian food stalls, a parade and live performances.