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Are you one in a melon?

Things are set to get messy when the City of Canterbury Bankstown stages a watermelon eating competition, as part of its annual Lunar New Year festival on Saturday 10 February. Yes  

Things are set to get messy when the City of Canterbury Bankstown stages a watermelon eating competition, as part of its annual Lunar New Year festival on Saturday 10 February.

Participants, who can register on the night, will need to be the first to finish half a watermelon to reign supreme.

Mayor Khal Asfour said this year’s festival will have a focus on great food.

"Make sure to indulge in dumplings, noodles, rice paper rolls, Korean BBQ as well as fried and frozen ice cream on the night," Mayor Asfour said.

Chung cake making demonstrations and a chopstick challenge will be among the activities, adding food-filled fun to an evening of celebrations welcoming in the Year of the Dog.

Games organiser, Kim Huynh, said both activities were a way of connecting people to different traditions.

"Chung cake is the Vietnamese people’s way of expressing loyalty and gratitude to their ancestors and homeland, which is why we place this, among other foods, on the ancestors’ altars during Vietnamese Lunar New Year," Ms Huynh said.

"It’s also a time for families to come together and for parents to tell their children folklore stories.

"And the chopstick challenge is all about teamwork, with only three minutes to move as many beans from your plate to your bowl using your chopsticks only."

Residents, who are looking for a more relaxing evening, are invited to take time out to see the bonsai trees, Mai flowers, peach blossoms, marigolds and kumquats, in the Lunar New Year Garden. The garden will also include a decorated New Year Tree to help the Kitchen Gods, who are believed to protect the hearth and family ward off evil.

Other features at the festival include:

  • The God of Good Fortune, handing out lucky red envelopes;
  • A traditional Korean mask performance;
  •   Traditional Vietnamese bamboo dancers;
  •   Korean dancers and drummers;
  •  Students aged 5-12 years showcasing traditional Vietnamese clothes; and
  •  A traditional Chinese dance.

The Lunar New Year festival is a free event and will start at 4pm in Chapel Road South, Bankstown, finishing with the spectacular Lion Dance at 8.40pm.

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 8/02/2018 12:25 PM