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Communal feasts, larger-than-life lanterns and free performances. Here are the highlights of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations

Sydney is set to host one of the biggest Chinese New Year Festivals outside of China, with a vibrant celebration across the city to herald the Year of the Sheep. It all kicks off with a launch party at Dawes Point, followed by a month-long program of free and ticketed events. Catch the thrilling Dragon Boat Races, sate your hunger with Lunar Feast set menus and enjoy the colourful procession of the Twilight Parade.

Lunar Markets

Sydney’s first Lunar Markets is an 11-day festival of Asian cuisine, found right by the harbour at Pyrmont Bay Park. Feb 12-22.

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Larger-than-life lantern warriors, created by Chinese artist Xia Nan, first appeared at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. All 90 rainbow-coloured warriors will glow in a free exhibition at Dawes Point. Feb 13-22.

Lunar Feasts

Sydney is going all out for Chinese New Year with 26 Asian restaurants around the city offering special lunar feasts. Feb 13-Mar 1.

Lunar Streets

For the first time Sydney's CNY celebrations will include Lunar Feasts, an evening of outdoor dining dedicated to all the delicious snack action to be found in Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown. Sat Feb 14.

Chinese Lantern Carnival

Walk through a ten-metre-long porch of lanterns in Darling Harbour during the city’s first lantern carnival. Feb 19-22.

Chinese New Year at Sydney Fish Markets

Watch lion dancing performers on the first day of the Lunar New Year and chase it with a fresh seafood lunch. Thu Feb 19.

Chinese New Year Twilight Parade

Dozens of floats and 3,000 performers parade from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown, finishing up with fireworks in Darling Harbour. Sun Feb 22.

Dragon Boat Races

The annual race is the biggest competitive event in Australia’s dragon boat racing calendar with 3,000 paddlers racing over two full days in Darling Harbour. Feb 28-Mar 1.

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Date 13 Feb 2015-01 Mar 2015

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