Walk the Lunar Lanterns your own way

From Circular Quay to Haymarket, discover the artists behind the lanterns and learn more about the 12 zodiac signs.

Explore Sydney Lunar Festival’s popular Lunar Lanterns and the meanings behind them on a special Lantern Walk in the Sydney Culture Walks app. The app is available in the Apple Store or on Google Play.

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Year of the Ox

Say hello to the very cute hero of this year's Lunar Lanterns exhibition as we celebrate the Year of the Ox.

Having grown up in her parent’s Chinese takeaway shop, artist Chrissy Lau was inspired by the familiarity of the Japanese Maneki-neko beckoning cat which has been adopted into Chinese culture.

Each ox is adorned with an endless knot necklace to symbolise good luck and features a waving arm to summon people to receive their lucky red packets.

The mixture of traditional Chinese patterns and contemporary colours on the ox lantern symbolises Australia’s multicultural society.

The design is also a nod to the unique upbringing of Asian-Australian children who grew up in their parent’s restaurants and businesses.

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You’ll find details on each zodiac sign and work out your zodiac animal in the app. And if you’re an Ox, this is your year!

People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted.

Explore, eat and discover

After exploring the lanterns, vist a restuarant for a lunar feast and explore other festival highlights.

Lunar Lanterns walk

To experience this walk and more go to either the Apple Store or download via Google Play.

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