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Sydney Celebrates Chinese New Year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 September 2012 02:13

The spring festival or Chinese New Year is the most important festival for the Chinese people including the neighboring countries.   Many of the world’s greatest cities celebrate with them each year.  In Sydney, Australia, Chinese New Year is celebrated with a vibrant arts festival, which is traditionally marked by a series of cultural events, market bazaars, tours, exhibitions, and entertainments, and most of these activities are for free.  The celebrations for the year 2012 is actually special. 2012 is the year of one of the most powerful and lucky signs in the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon.

 

The Chinese New Year celebrations in Australia was set at the heart of Sydney’s Asian community, at Belmore Park.  The park was transformed into a feast of colors and flavors.  There were other activities such as fireworks, exclusive performances, and a sneak preview of the Twilight parade.  It was a 17-day of fireworks, feast and partying.  The traditional Chinese New Year dragon boat races were scheduled at Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay.  An awakening ceremony was done, dabbing red paint on the eyes of each dragon boats to bring life to them before the race started.  The dragon boat racing is a symbol of good fortune and power.  However the spectacular Twilight Parade was the showpiece of the city of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebration.  The parade had over 2,900 performers and floats from local Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities.  The parade also includes fire breathing, tide of lanterns and martial arts that are just spectacular to see.  After the parade, a stunning display of fireworks was shown.

 

In 2013, the Chinese New Year Festival will be held on February 8 to February 24, 2013, celebrating the year of the Snake.  You can plan your Sydney trip on these dates to witness and join the colorful celebration of the Chinese New Year festivities. Experience authentic Chinese culture in the heart of Sydney.  Purchase a flight early, call and book a car from Toyota dealers Sydney, and be ready to be amazed.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 02:29
 
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Friday, 17 August 2012 05:43

Festivals are an overall celebration of man.  It honors and observes man’s history, religion, and culture and reveals man’s morals, political, economical, and social status.  It has become a symbol of man’s own faith, customs, and traditions.  Over the years, festivities have changed to adapt to the world’s advancement but despite of the changes, each festival in the world still speaks a lot about the men celebrating it.  However in some areas, fun has become the focus of the event and it means being a little crazy and doing things just a few feet over the edge.  If you have set your mind into celebrating and getting a little crazy in the process, here are some of the world’s wackiest festivals you can join in.

CHEESE ROLLING FESTIVALS

 

Run full tilt down a very steep hill behind a madly spinning 7 pound wheel of cheese at the Cooper’s Hill, Gloucestershire, England.  This is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill and it was traditionally by and for the people who live in Brockworth but this event has become popular that people all around the globe come to visit and participate on the said event.  The goal to win is to be the first one to reach the cheese however the hill is extremely steep and there’s simply no way a person running down the steep hill can win the race and stay on their feet.  People tumbles down early on the race that no one gets to run and reach the cheese.  The police have attempted to ban the said event but people continually observe and participated on the race.

 

 

LA TOMATINA

 

Get ready for the battle of the century.  La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August every year in the town of Bunol in the Valencia region of Spain.  Over 30,000 tourists come to Spain for the festival to pelt each other with 250 lbs. of tomatoes in a span of 66 minutes in the streets.  Everyone must squash the tomato before throwing it.  It’s every man and woman for themselves as the event turns into the world’s largest tomato fight.

 

EL COLACHO – THE BABY JUMPING FESTIVAL

 

It is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to 1620 and it takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Cristi.  Grown men dressed as the Devil (known as Colacho) leap over newborns (babies born during the previous twelve months of the year) who lie on mattresses in the street, with full parental consent.  This is an act to attempt to cleanse the newborns of evils.  It is rated as one of the most dangerous in the world and its origin is unknown but it is said to ensure the babies safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits.

 

Hopkins Raspberry Festival offers more information about anything and everything about Festivals around the world.  There are other many types of festivals so check out the rest of the site.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 August 2012 13:54
 
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