Yesterday marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year 2015.
The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and this time it is the year of the Sheep. The sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar and is particularly lucky.
However, the importance of the sheep doesn’t mean a lot to everyone. The marketing and communications coordinator at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art , Yu Ye Wu, said when it comes to the animal she doesn’t really care.
“I celebrate the event with family and culturally the new year is very important, but the significance of the animal doesn’t really affect you unless you were born it that year. I was born in the year of the rabbit, so I really only focus on that,” Ms Wu said.
“Every animal has its own traits and in Chinese culture whoever is born in that year inherits those particular characteristics.”
According to coordinators of Sydney’s Chinese New Year, people born in the Year of the Sheep are tender, polite, clever, gentle and creative.
The City of Sydney is hosting its annual festival to celebrate the new year. One of this year’s festival highlights are the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, are standing at 2.1 metres tall at Dawes Point.
The 90 strong army is an installation inspired by the Terracotta Warriors uncovered in the tomb of China’s first Emperor in 1974. The instillation piece was used in the 2008 Bejing Olympics, and was created by a team of Chinese artists including well-known artist Xia Nan. The lantern warriors are accurate replicas of the original 8000 warriors and horses. The only addition to the soldiers are the women and children artist Xia Nan decided to add as they represent inheritance and the future.
Hayley Hornitzky from the City of Sydney told The Newsroom the Warriors were transported from China to Sydney in large shipping crates and travelled by sea freight.
“The exhibition’s creator, Xia Nan, and his team of four people flew in from China especially to set up the exhibition on site,” Ms Hornitzky said.
This Sunday, 3000 performers will participate in the Twilight Parade in Sydney. – Rachel Mall
Top photo by Rebekah Day.