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Ryde Lunar New Year Celebrations


The City of Ryde is home to a large and vibrant Chinese and Korean community. In 2015 the City hosted an exciting and colourful event that was widely acknowledged as a big success with a crowd over 10,000 attending during the day.

The equal partnership between the City of Ryde and local Chinese and Korean communities in Ryde in organising the celebrations is unique in Sydney.

In 2016, the local community is planning to stage even bigger celebrations, with the event favourite Cooking Competition on Saturday 13 February, and the flagship event on Saturday 20 February where a large number of performances will be held at Eastwood Mall.

2016 will be the Year of the Monkey.

Come to Eastwood for the annual celebrations!

Cooking Competition

Saturday, 13 February
11 am - 1.30 pm
Eastwood Plaza

A cooking competition, free food tasting, a lion dance and cooking demonstrations.

Grand Celebration Day

Saturday, 20 February
11am - 4pm
Eastwood Plaza

Come and join the party! Music and Chinese and Korean dance performances, lion dance, food stalls, fireworks and Eastwood’s longest dragon parade. 

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The New Year is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.

The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

Each Lunar (Chinese) New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

This year it's the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. 

The personality of the Monkey

People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.

Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous
Monkey years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Famous people born under the Monkey sign: Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Douglas, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Gisele Bundchen, Miley Cyrus.


Platinum Sponsors: Commonwealth Bank Eastwood, Eastwood Hotel Gold Sponsors: Landmark Hotel, Yuhu Property (Australia) Pty Ltd, ANZ Bank, Concord Health, Tonyon SuperMarketSilver Sponsors: Westpact Bank Eastwood Branch, Lycamobile Pty Ltd, Central Equity Group, Creative Project Direction Pty Ltd, Bank of China, Homart Pharmaceuticals, St George BankJade Sponsors: NAB, Eastwood Chamber of Commerce, Ryde Business Forum, Eastwood Hot Dollar, Australian Badminton Academy, InFlower, LCD& Co Accounting Services, Eastwood Health First Pharmacy, The Eastwood clubMedia Sponsors: TVBA, 2AC, Hanho Korean Daily, STARStv. Community Sponsors: Eastwood Chinese Senior Citizens Club, AAAB (Australian Asian Association Bennelong), The Korean Chamber of Commerce


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Last updated on 17 February 2016