Union Square Vibes Event

🎵 Let’s unwind and groove! 🎵

Join us for a laid-back rhythm and fun session with the incredible guest singer, Joini! 🎤 Dive into a relaxing time filled with free games and activities provided from Anytime Fitness Rhodes. Come along for a chill session of music, laughter, and pure enjoyment! 🌟

  Highlights on 9th May
Guest singer – Joini
Dance performance from RMCA
Games and activities from Anytime Fitness Rhodes

    Specials from the surrounding businesses:
  • Chinel Chicken (2/7 Rider Blvd): 20% off Korean fired chicken on Thursday
  • Lynn Fahey Dance (Level 1, 2 Leeds Street): Free trial lesson
  • Rhodes Anytime Fitness ( 2/5 Rider Boulevard): $0 joining fee, $99 access pass, $23.95p/w for 12 months, 4 weeks for free and a free towel!
  • The Duke Edu (38 Rider Blvd): Free trial lesson (Pre K- Year 5 literacy and numeracy)
  • Money Chase (Shop 5, 1 Gauthorpe St): No commission fees

Rhodes Signature 100 People Community Dragon Dance Story

Date: February 24th (Saturday) 2024

Time: 11.30am-11.50am

Background of the Rhodes Dragon:

In 2022, Rhodes witnessed a spectacular event as a 100-person dragon dance unfolded, marking a momentous celebration of cultural diversity and a drive towards social inclusivity and community harmony. This historic occurrence was the first of its kind in Sydney.

The dragon, belonging to Mark Boyle, a longstanding resident of Rhodes, has been a cherished presence in the community. He initiated a three-person dragon in 2014, and over the years, it has expanded both in size and in the affection it receives from the local kids, delighting in the rhythmic beats of drums and cymbals. A notable milestone was achieved during the Rhodes Moon Festival 2022 when a hundred smiling individuals united to support the dragon. With the assistance of The Learning Space Rhodes, the dragon now proudly carries a 3D printed earth globe in its mouth, symbolizing multicultural diversity.

This momentous occasion brought together a diverse array of participants, including political leaders, council members, local Police officers, ambulance and fire brigade personnel, representatives from the local health district, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community members, students and teachers from local schools, scouts, and individuals from Korean, Chinese, Indian, and various other communities. The dragon serves as a powerful symbol of unity, representing a community where individuals from different cultural backgrounds and sectors stand united, resilient, and strong—a true multicultural embodiment with the spirit of Rhodes.

Adding to the significance of the event, Uncle Mark Merriman, a leader in the Aboriginal community and Sydney Harbour Head Elder, held the pearl and guided the dragon. The pearl symbolizes the aboriginal spirit and wisdom, guiding the multicultural community. This celebration not only draws inspiration from traditional cultures but also contributes to an enhanced sense of identity for all participants. It serves as an essential educational session, filling a void for many residents who have immigrated from overseas and now call Rhodes home.

If you would like to join in on the Dragon Dance Extravaganza event, to take part in creating memorable history within the community of Rhodes, please make a booking before the tickets run out. The booking link can be found here.

Rhodes Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event

悉尼天后宫位于悉尼西區的 Canley Vale,1979年下旬進入籌備工作,1980年初正式成立位於悉尼中國城,1981遷移至(租)1st fl 44 Park Rd Cabramatta NSW,籌建動土於 1991年,落成於1995年。Canley Vale位於悉尼西區的Cabramatta市旁邊,上世纪70年代,澳洲政府收容了很多東南亞半島的難民,大多數是華人,將他們安置在Cabramatta附近。媽祖也是東南亞一代眾多華人的信仰,所以當這批華人移民到澳洲後,為了感恩媽祖保佑他們平安的定居與這新天地,他們發願在此建立一座媽祖廟,這就是悉尼天后宮的由來。

悉尼妈祖巡安盛会,也是在南半球已经举办第三届了,活动一直在天后宫所在的Cabramatta市举办,每一届都吸引了全澳各地的信众来到卡市,虔诚崇拜,祈求心灵和谐,立德,行善,大爱的力量。为了祈福RHODES社区来年,國泰民安、风调雨顺,居民安居乐业,经与悉尼天后宫共同通力协作,妈祖巡安盛会将首次走出卡市,天后金身将移座来到我们RHODES的2024年农历新春嘉年华,供信众崇拜祈福

The origin myth of Mazu purports that she was born on Meizhou Island, did not cry when she was born, and became an excellent swimmer who stood on the shore while wearing red garments to guide fishing vessels home even horrible weather. Despite her relatively young age at the time of her death, Mazu devoted her life to helping others in miraculous ways.

Mazu is protective in her very nature and watches over sailors, fishermen and travelers. While initially only the goddess of the sea, she became worshipped as something that is evidently more important than that. She is seen as a protective goddess of life and and also by the name Tianhou widely regarded as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven. Her worship has gradually extended its reach to encompass China’s coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities, with a notable presence in Taiwan. Additionally, her influence has made its way to places like Sydney, Australia.

The Mazu pilgrimage is an annual religious tradition in Taiwan and other Chinese communities, where devotees embark on a journey to honor and seek blessings from Mazu, the goddess of the sea. These pilgrimages typically involve the transportation of Mazu’s sacred statue in ornate palanquins, with worshippers parading through cities and towns, often covering considerable distances. The processions attract large crowds of both religious pilgrims and curious onlookers. Participants engage in various rituals, including bowing and crawling beneath the palanquin, to express gratitude and devotion to Mazu, believing that these actions bring good fortune and blessings. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a cultural and spiritual event, fostering a sense of community and religious fervor among the participants.

The Sydney Tin Hau Temple established in 1991 is situated in Canley Vale, in the southwest district of Sydney. Adjacent to Canley Vale is Cabramatta, known as Sydney’s Little Saigon, where many Vietnamese refugees were resettled by the Australian government in the 1970s. Mazu, the goddess of the sea, is a common deity among the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. When Vietnamese immigrants arrived in Australia, grateful for Mazu’s blessings for a safe journey to this new land, they pledged to build a Mazu temple. This is the origin of the Sydney Tin Hau Temple. The Sydney Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event is normally consistently held in Cabramatta, where the Tin Hau Temple is located. Each year, devotees from all over Australia gather in Cabramatta for the event, seeking spiritual harmony, virtues, and compassion.

In partnership with the Sydney Tin Hau Temple, the Mazu pilgrimage, scheduled for Sunday, February 25th, will commence at 11 am and conclude by 1 pm. This marks its inaugural venture outside Cabramatta, with the representation of the goddess moving to Rhodes for the 2024 Lunar New Year Carnival. The collaboration is geared towards bestowing blessings upon the Rhodes community for a prosperous and harmonious year, promoting the well-being of its residents. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a symbolic expression of a collective commitment to virtue, benevolence, and compassion.

重磅!2020 Rhodes中秋节即将上线!有可能是悉尼华人第一次这样过节…





 

在活动期间,我们将在Rhodes火车站,图书馆,商场,公园以及参与活动的小商家门口装扮上红灯笼。灯笼寓意期盼光明,红色寓意喜悦。希望红灯笼们能给大家在疫情期间带来美好心情。

 

 

同时,图书馆The Connection将在9月19日至27日期间免费发放带电池的灯笼制作材料,大家可以自行领取并参考RMCA YouTube channel 制作视频制作。为自家点上一盏希望之灯。

 

 

 

我们将于9月27日以中国舞蹈、合唱、太极、模特表演,以及韩国腰鼓等文化表演庆祝中秋。同时我们还会走进当地中日家庭,学做中秋美食。

 



(过往精彩活动照片)

 

 

为了支持Rhodes周边商家,今年的中秋活动我们还安排了商家采访,希望大家能够更加支持我们的当地商家。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

同时我们将会发放1万份,印有众多当地商家中秋特别优惠的传单。

 

 


大家也可以从Rhodes waterside app直接下载打折卷享受各种优惠,

前500名下载app的还有$5购物券哦!

动详情参考传单或Rhodes Waterside商场官网。下载Rhodes Rewards loyalty app 享受更多店家优惠。

 

 

同时City of Canada Bay市政府还推出Love Local and Win抽奖活动,详情请见:
https://collaborate.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/winlovelocal

 

 

在9月27日活动当天,我们将在Rhodes waterside 商场和Rhodes Foreshore Park设置临时摊位,