VIDEO | Fairfield prepares to celebrate Year of the Dog

Good luck tree: Australian Vietnamese Volunteers Association members My Khanh Ly, Thi Man Huynh and Kiet Huynh with the Mai tree at Freedom Plaza. Picture: Fairfax Media
Good luck tree: Australian Vietnamese Volunteers Association members My Khanh Ly, Thi Man Huynh and Kiet Huynh with the Mai tree at Freedom Plaza. Picture: Fairfax Media

Residents can start 2018 on a lucky note at the Cabramatta Lunar New Year event at Freedom Plaza on March 3 and 4.

Members of the Australian Vietnamese Volunteers Association will demonstrate how to make origami (apricot) flowers for the traditional Mai tree which will be placed at the Pai Lau gate for the festival.

In the Vietnamese culture the Mai tree it believed to bring good luck.

It’s one of the many activities planned for the two-day event which will start at 11am on Saturday, March 3. 

Quite fittingly Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol Ready for Action Show will headline the stage performances with rescue dogs Chase and Marshall among the crew to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Paw Patrol will perform at noon and 2pm both days, with a meet and greet with the characters at 1pm.

Paw Patrol.

Paw Patrol.

 Other activities planned include:

  • Single handed prawn peeling competitions.
  • Interactive dog exhibition passport competition.  
  • Martial arts demonstrations.
  • Children’s chopstick challenge. 
  • Face painting, carnival games and craft activities. 

On Sunday, March 4, the traditional blessing of Fairfield and the Cabramatta community will take place from 10am.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said they were expecting significant crowds from across Sydney to attend the event. 

“Cabramatta will have family friendly entertainment over the whole weekend to welcome in the Year of the Dog. The cultural festivities will include the God of Fortune, Lion Dancing, firecrackers, traditional performers and loads of exciting entertainment for the whole family,” he said.

The Mai tree.

The Mai tree.

“It’s a perfect way for locals to enjoy and Sydney visitors to taste the food and experience the fun and cultural feast that makes Cabramatta and Fairfield City great. “

See a full program of events HERE.