Bankstown Torch: TWILIGHT PARADE

Wednesday 10 February 2010

BANKSTOWN’s Vietnamese community will be represented amont the 2700 Australian and international performers coming together for Sydney’s 2010 Chinese New Year Twilight Parade.
Bankstown resident and 2009 Australian-Vietnamese of the Year, Joseph Hieu Dinh said that for the first time, City of Sydney Chinese New Year festival organisers have extended an invitation to the Bankstown Vietnamese community to take part in the event.

A yellow Hoa Mai (New Year Vietnamese blossoms) float has been designed as part of the parade led by characters “Mr. & Mrs. Apple.”

“Ong Ba Tao (Mr. and Mrs. Apple) are the Vietnamese traditional kitchen gods,” Mr. Dinh said.

“Every year at the Vietnamese Tet New Year, these kitchen gods have a messenger role of reporting the household’s years events to Heaven.

“The house owners would have to bribe these gods with offerings for a good report in order to receive good fortune and blessings from Heaven in the coming year.”

Mr. Dinh said the iconic Mr. & Mrs. Apple, dressed in traditional costumes ao-dai (long dress) and ao-Tu-Than (Northern Vietnamese four piece female costume) will add a touch of Vietnamese to the festival.

Also accompanying the float are traditional Vietnamese dancers, acrobats and martial arts group.

The spectacular street show will move from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown from 7.45pm on Sunday February 21, 2010 and will feature traditional performers, and the contemporary, including aerialists and stilt walkers. Last year’s inaugural Twilight Parade attracted around 100,000 people to the city streets, Around 300 performers from Chongqing City, China, show off their world-renowned acrobatic skills and enormous dragons.

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