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Chinese New Year fun lights up

GET CRAFTY: Burnett State School students Jade McQualter-Walsh, Lincoln Kinsela and Parker Lamont make Chinese lanterns in preparation for Chinese New Year celebrations. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
GET CRAFTY: Burnett State School students Jade McQualter-Walsh, Lincoln Kinsela and Parker Lamont make Chinese lanterns in preparation for Chinese New Year celebrations. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

GATHER the kids and prepare for some fun, Chinese New Year celebrations and the year of the snake are now just three days away.

While Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran for 15 days, Bundaberg has combined more than two weeks of fun into one jam-packed family fun day.

Preparations are well under way as children across the region make lanterns to join the 7pm parade on Sunday.

Burnett Heads State School students enjoyed a workshop at their school yesterday, carefully crafting their lanterns with colours.

Jyllie Jackson of LightnUp hosted lantern-making workshops all week at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in preparation for the event.

"It is an honour to come to Bundaberg to be part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, especially after all that has happened here over the past month," Ms Jackson said.

LightnUp coordinated the annual Lismore Lantern Parade and appreciate the amazing moment when lights are dimmed and a glow from hundreds of decorated lantern fills the sky.

"We would love to get as many people involved with making lanterns as possible," Ms Jackson said.

Councillor Judy Peters couldn't resist and joined the lantern fun at a BRAG workshop earlier this week.

"I am not a particularly artistic person but making and decorating the lanterns is fun and very easy," she said.

Chinese New Year celebrations will be held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct on Sunday, February 17, from 3.30pm.

Celebrations on the day will include traditional dancing with performers from Nanning in China.

Norville State School Taiko Japanese drummers will put on a show along with the PCYC blazing dragon and lion dancing a tae kwan do performance.

The action-packed day will finish with a bang as fireworks light the sky from 7.15pm.

Lantern making workshops will run from BRAG for the rest of the week. Phone 4130 4750 for details.

Chinese New Year details
When: Sunday, February 17
Time: 3.30pm- 7:30pm, fireworks from 7.15pm.
Where: Bundaberg Recreational Precinct (formerly Agrotrend)
Cost: Free

Topics:  chinese new year


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