I was delighted to attend the spectacular City of Sydney’s Twilight Parade last night as the guest of the Lord Mayor of Sydney. The Twilight parade was an amazing celebration of Chinese New Year which incorporated the cultures of China, Vietnam, Korea, and other nations that observe the lunar calendar.
Traditionally in Chinese culture New Year is celebrated over 15 days. This year Chinese New Year was on 31 January when the Year of the Horse is welcomed. In Chinese culture, the horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, self-reliant, joyful, outgoing, sophisticated, resilient and quick-witted.
It was an honour to take part in the "eye dotting ceremony" which involved dotting red paint on the eyes, nose, ears and mouth of the Lion "to bring the Lion to life".