Chinese New Year looms
A cracking good year for dogs
LAST year Dongyan Zhang celebrated the Chinese New Year in traditional fashion with plenty of fireworks.
She thinks this year’s celebration in Gladstone will be a bit more low key.
“We will just have a party and every family will take a few dishes, the most important food is dumplings,” Dongyan said.
“We might dress in traditional clothing or we can dress in red clothes to bring luck.”
Having arrived in Gladstone less than a year ago, Dongyan can clearly recall how her family celebrated the new year in China.
“We wore traditional dress, set off firecrackers and the kids received gifts of money in red envelopes,” she said.
“We put up red decorations at home, prepared lots of traditional foods and watched a parade.”
Traditionally families gather together to honour their ancestors with
❝ Dog is man’s best friend and they obey their masters. — Dongyan Zhang
celebrations and food.
The colour red is believed to scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.
Parents gift little red envelopes with ‘lucky’ money to children.
The amount is always an even number as odd numbers are associated with cash given at funerals.
Dongyan said this year was the year of the dog.
“Every Chinese zodiac sign has its special meaning. People born in the year of the dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive,” she said.
“Dog is man’s best friend and they obey their masters. They have harmonious relationships with people around them.”
According to tradition, males born in the Year of the Dog are straightforward, genuine, energetic and care deeply for their families.
Meanwhile, females are very cautious and don’t give their trust easily.
But once they do it’s permanent and they become very protective of their family and friends.
Dogs are hard workers who like security and a stable income.
Fortunately for Gladstone’s actual dogs, Dongyan’s family and friends won’t be following one Chinese tradition: scaring off evil spirits with firecrackers.
THE start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, will be celebrated by many millions around the world and it promises to be a significant one. Just as dogs are well-known for their defensive natures, defence will be a key issue with some tricky and tense moments. However, many positive changes will also be seen with exciting new developments set to benefit mankind. Dog years are progressive with causes to be championed and wide-reaching effects. For many, there will be good chances to be had. To see how you will fare, look up the animal ruling your year of birth. Each Chinese year begins in late January or early February – so if you were born around this time do check the actual year dates to find out which sign you were born under.
RED FOR LUCK: Dongyan Zhang will be celebrating Chinese New Year in Gladstone this year.