GALLERY | Fairfield welcomes the Year of the Dog in style

Perfect weather greeted the more than 8000 people who attended the Cabramatta Lunar New Year festivities at Freedom Plaza at the weekend.

The two-day festival saw people from across Sydney experience the sights and sounds of the area to welcome in the Year of the Dog.

The traditional Lion Dance to banish bad omens opened proceedings on Saturday followed by an extensive entertainment line-up which included the Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol Ready for Action Show, martial arts demonstrations and a single-handed prawn peeling and children’s chopstick challenges.

The God of Fortune also spread good fortune in the form of lucky candies.

The firecrackers at the Pailau gates were symbolically let off keep away bad luck on Sunday morning followed by the traditional blessing of Fairfield and the Cabramatta community.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said: “The diversity of our city binds our community, and attracts others to visit and enjoy all that unique diversity brings.Lunar New Year means many things to many people around the world. In Fairfield city it’s definitely a time for residents to connect with family and community in a meaningful way.”