Celebrate Lunar New Year in The Hills Shire at the Lantern Festival

Published on 30 January 2024

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Image Caption: Mayor of The Hills Shire Dr Peter Gangemi and The Hills Chinese Association at Arthur Whitling Park.

 Hills Shire residents are invited to an evening of Asian culture, food and activities at the Lantern Festival on Saturday, 24 February at Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill.

Mayor of The Hills Shire Dr Peter Gangemi said he was looking forward to seeing the festival come to life in The Hills.

“Lantern Festival is traditionally held on the last day of Lunar New Year festivities to celebrate the first full moon on the New Year,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations in many Asian cultures, such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Indonesian.

“We are lucky to have a diverse population in The Hills, with more than 20 per cent of residents born in these countries.

“I’m looking forward to providing our residents with the opportunity to celebrate with their community close to home.

“The Lantern Festival will be a wonderful cultural experience for all of our residents, and I encourage everyone to join in the celebrations.”

President of The Hills Chinese Association Anna Hu said the Association is proud to co-host the Lantern Festival with Council.

“This celebration recognises the significance of this holiday to Asian cultures,” President Hu said.

“Lantern Festival celebrates the beginning of spring [in Asia] and symbolises unity and reconciliation.

“It brings a piece of our homeland to The Hills and provides the entire community with the chance to celebrate and learn about different Asian cultures.”

Attendees will enjoy on-stage cultural performances, food stalls, free craft activities and face painting underneath the glow of hundreds of lanterns.

Attendees are encouraged to catch public transport to Castle Hill Metro Station, which is conveniently located next to Arthur Whitling Park.

For more event details, visit www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Lantern Festival.’


WHAT: Lantern Festival

WHEN: 3pm – 9pm on Saturday 24 February 2024

WHERE: Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill (next to Castle Hill Metro Station).