- Title: Sydney ushers in Lunar New Year - the year of the rooster
- Date: 27th January 2017
- Summary: CHINESE ZODIAC ROOSTER SCULPTURES IN FRONT OF SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY, CLOVER MOORE, SAYING: "Sydney's very proud of the fact that we have the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year, outside Asia. And it's something that has grown from a very small community event - 21 years ago - to be this very large event. And people come from all around the world, especially from Asia, to celebrate with us."
- Embargoed: 10th February 2017 12:50
- Keywords: Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations Sydney Asia
- Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- City: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
- Country: Australia
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA00260UVF45
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Sydney ushered in the Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday (January 27), with its famous opera house illuminated in red and street performances.
Residents and visitors gathered around the city's Circular Quay to watch traditional Chinese dancing, as well as a fireworks display over the Sydney Opera House.
The Lunar New Year starts on Saturday (January 28), heralding the Year of the Rooster.
Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore said her city was "very proud" to host "biggest celebration" of the Chinese New Year outside Asia.
The celebrations are estimated to attract over a million visitors to the Harbour City, organisers said.
The Lunar New Year festival in Sydney will run from January 27 to February 12, with festivities including night food markets and dragon boat racing.
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