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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chinese New Year Festivities, Cabramatta

dragon dance
Dragon dance

I found myself in Cabramatta on Saturday, and was instantly drawn to the rhythmic beating of drums and cacophonous clashing of cymbals. Like the Pied Piper, the traditional energetic dragon dance just urges you to follow.

The locals were out in full force, enjoying the market stalls in Freedom Plaza and various entertainment and dance displays.

The giving of fruit (both fresh and candied) figures highly at Chinese New Year, and I couldn't help snapping away at the luscious tropical fruits on offer, and all the other colourful sights that make up the vibrant community of Cabramatta.

chinese new year pigs
Decorations for Chinese New Year of the Pig

rambutans
Rambutans

Rambutans look so pretty but I think I prefer lychees which are sweeter and juicier.

dragonfruit
Dragonfruit

One of the prettiest fruits ever (both inside and out) yet surprisingly mild in taste.

fabric bolts
Bolts of fabric

I wish I were craftier so I could take turn all these fabrics into pretty homemade things.

banana cakes
Banana cakes made with sticky rice and coconut

dragon streets
Dragon dance heads down the street

longans
Longans

These taste great in summer straight out of the fridge. A bit like a perfumed juicy smooth lychee.

wax jambu
Wax jambu

These taste like a dry unripe nashi to me. I've never been a big fan but I know plenty who adore this fruit.

fresh pistachios
Fresh pistachio nuts

slippers
Slippers for sale

local shopper
A local shopper

new year gifts
New Year gift of dried candied fruits

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 2/11/2007 11:05:00 pm


11 Comments:

  • At 2/12/2007 12:13 am, Anonymous nika said…

    wonderful post .. excellent shots, very engaging and nice slice of the moment. were you using a 50mm? if yes is it 1.4 or 1.8?

     
  • At 2/12/2007 1:54 am, Anonymous Marieke said…

    Hi Helen,
    What a wonderful and colourful report. I ones dated a Chinese guy but other than the money exchange in little red envelopes I never saw any festivities like this on the Chinese New Year's day. I love the pistachios..the pink and green.

    Greetings from Holland

     
  • At 2/12/2007 2:32 am, Blogger Kat O+ said…

    Just curious...are longans very similar to lanzones?

     
  • At 2/12/2007 1:24 pm, Blogger Kate said…

    I love your posts and photos - I'm going to visit Cabramatta as soon as I can. Hopefully while the festivities are still going (and when it stops raining)

     
  • At 2/12/2007 8:52 pm, Blogger Khemany said…

    I love cabramatta and I know what it can look like and I absolutely love how you so effectively brought out the beauty that it holds!

    Im looking forward to going next weekend

     
  • At 2/13/2007 6:57 pm, Anonymous Tova said…

    I love Cabramatta for its pho, but have never been there around Chinese New Year. Must try to make it this weekend!

     
  • At 2/13/2007 11:30 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Nika - Thanks and yes I was using a 50mm. It's a 1.4 but I know I am still yet to master its full capabilities.

    Hi Marieke - We are lucky in Australia to have such a multicultural community. And the fresh pistachios are pretty aren't they?

    Hi Kat o+ - I had to look up lanzones on Wikipedia :) They're related but I think they taste a little different. The description doesn't sound too similar.

    Hi Kate - Enjoy Cabra. And make sure you have a sugar cane drink or two :)

    Hi Khemany - The whole suburb is awash with New Year excitement and abundance. Glad you enjoyed the post. Happy Chinese New Year!

    Hi Tova - It's a great time to visit. Enjoy!

     
  • At 2/14/2007 6:08 am, Anonymous nika said…

    re: 1.4 - am jealous.. I have the 1.8 and have a serious hankering for the 1.4

     
  • At 2/15/2007 9:25 pm, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    I remember jambu when I was kid in Vietnam. However, I only liked them if they were soaked in sugar syrup, making them very sweet rather than the fairly bland normal flavour.

    Cabramatta really was very busy every Chinese New Year when I used to live there. Now in Melbourne, places like Springvale, Richmond, Footscray and Sandowne also have huge Chinese New Years festivities as well.

     
  • At 2/16/2007 11:21 am, Anonymous KevW said…

    Great shots Helen! Have you tried freezing Longans or Lychees? Great for those hot summer days =).

     
  • At 2/17/2007 2:55 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Nika - Yeah the price difference between the 1.8 and the 1.4 is horrendous, but I thought I'd treat myself to my own little b'day present :)

    Hi thanh7580 - Ahh that's an interesting idea about the sugar syrup. I thought it was just me that found them rather bland :)

    And I love CNY. So much colour, excitement, and food!

    Hi kevw - No I haven't but that sounds great. Frozen grapes are meant to be fantastic too. I love freezing those little lychee jelly cups with the tiny cubes of coconut... so refreshing in summer!

     

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