Chi­nese New Year looms

A crack­ing good year for dogs

The Observer - - NEWS - Gre­gory Bray Gre­gory.Bray@glad­sto­neob­

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.

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