CELEBRATIONS to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year in Cabramatta will begin on Friday, February 15.
While the actual new year occurs on Sunday, February 10, thousands are expected to join the festivities which start at Canley Vale on the Friday and move to Freedom Plaza on the weekend of February 16 and 17.
"We are fortunate to be living in one of the largest Asian communities in Sydney and can share in this unique cultural experience," Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.
"Lunar New Year is a chance to start afresh, cleanse the home of bad omens and welcome prosperity."
In Canley Vale there will be entertainment from 4pm on February 15 to welcome the Year of the Snake before a fireworks display at 10pm.
Cabramatta's town centre will also be transformed on the Saturday, with entertainment that includes traditional rituals, cultural performances and authentic new year dishes.
Chefs from restaurants Holy Basil and Iron Chef will give demonstrations, and there will be the bun eating and prawn peeling competitions.
There will also be the St George Bank shopping promotion, where visitors who spend $10 or more at any shop in the Cabramatta town centre enter a draw to win flights and cash.
Our New Year feature starts on page 19.