Happy New Year to Everyone!

 New Year's Eve fireworks at midnight over Sydney Harbour, viewed from the balcony of Sydney Opera House.

New Year's Eve fireworks at midnight over Sydney Harbour, viewed from the balcony of Sydney Opera House.

As a Chinese living in Australia, I go to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks as a ritual every year. It is always a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next when the firework spectacular lights up the sky from Sydney’s iconic attraction – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This year’s display did not disappoint with photos shared on WeChat wowing many of my friends back home.

The news reported that with a price tag of $7 million, the New Year’s Eve fireworks have attracted an estimated 1.6 million people around Sydney Harbour. From where I was standing, that seems very accurate. While waiting for the firework to start, I stood amongst the crowd where I heard conversations in an array of languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and many more.

"We think it's really worth it, really worth it to provide a focus and an opportunity for people to come together, our visitors and our multicultural community to have a safe celebration of who we are in Sydney in the 21st century in our wonderful city," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

With 37% of the population born overseas and 40% of residents speaking a second language, Sydney enjoys the reputation of cultural diversity and inclusivity. NSW also has the largest share of international students in Australia. I was also delighted to see the rainbow fireworks from the Bridge as a tribute to Australia saying Yes to marriage equality in 2017. Diversity runs through the veins of Australian society, making Australia a wonderful place to live.