(Minghui.org) The Sydney Falun Gong group's Divine Land Marching Band offered spirited performances at the Chinese New Year celebration in downtown Sydney on the evenings of February 10th and 13th.

As the new light track construction has closed many streets in major commercial areas, the annual parade was replaced with a zodiac-themed lantern display and cultural performances in honor of the holiday.

Divine Land Marching Band perform at the Chinese New Year celebration in Sydney

Ms. Frances and her two daughters, Kimberly and Katy, liked the band's traditional uniforms and said the music was “beautiful” and had “strong positive energy.”

Mr. Miles Evens said he liked the performance and was glad to see the practitioners perform at the event. He was also aware of the persecution in China.

Robert said he enjoyed the band's unique pieces as well as the classics they performed.

Three young tourists from Hong Kong said they felt proud to hear traditional Chinese music in Australia, and that it made them feel more at home. They were familiar with Falun Gong as they often see Falun Gong parades in Hong Kong.

Many Chinese residents were also impressed by the band. “Look, this is Falun Gong!” and “Wow, such a large band!” was a common reaction among the Chinese in the crowd.