Let's Celebrate the Year of the Dog

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Chinese New Year is one of the most colourful and vibrant events in the calendar, where friends and family celebrate with good food and good company. Based on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year begins on February 16th this year, and celebrations can last up to two weeks.

The celebrations are synonymous with light and sound – firecrackers exploding, bells ringing and an abundance of traditional lion dances. Families will gather together on New Years Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune. Children are gifted with red envelopes filled with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Years Day.

Every lunar year is related to an animal, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. In our family, my husband Rob, daughter Isabella and myself are all born in the Year of the Dog, so this year is extra special for us. Have some fun and find out what animal sign you are by clicking on this link, and you will learn detailed information about your personality traits, lucky numbers, colours and compatibility with other signs. 

 Photo Credit: City of Sydney

Photo Credit: City of Sydney

If you are interested in experiencing some of the celebrations that are happening around Sydney, take a look at what the City of Sydney has planned, including the fireworks display on New Years Day and the dog lanterns scattered around Chinatown. 

Dumplings also happen to be one of the traditional foods that are enjoyed during this time as their crescent-shape is a sign of wealth and good fortune. We look forward to eating our Golden Pig & Co dumplings with our families and ringing in the new year. Happy New Year, or as the Chinese say, Kung Hei Fat Choy.