Jian Hua Cheng (back right) and her family had a small celebration with close friends to welcome the year of the dog.
Jian Hua Cheng (back right) and her family had a small celebration with close friends to welcome the year of the dog.

Celebrate Year of the Dog



FOR Jian Hua Cheng, her family and friends, Chinese New Year is a great chance to get together, even if it's not quite the celebration it used to be when they lived in China.

"It's a smaller tradition for us here, because we all keep working," she said.

"In China, it's a holiday. Families get together, people who work far away come home. It's very important to be with your family."

Jian says most celebrate for three days, although celebrations can last 15 days.

"On New Years Eve, celebrations start. From 12pm, people put on all new clothes, new shoes, new everything for good luck, it's a good start to the year," she said.

"It's also a good time to remember old people who have died."

During the three days, for fear of bad luck, there is no new cooking, no cleaning, and words have to be chosen carefully, with no bad things, such as killing, to be said.

Then at New Year, the fireworks go off, signifying the new beginning and good luck for the year to come.

This year, at midnight on January 28, the Chinese Year of the Rooster ended and the Year of the Dog started.

But while it was a slightly small celebration, Jian celebrated nonetheless with friends, family and traditional food, because she's not one to miss an opportunity for a get together.

"We've been in Australia 16 years, so we also celebrate Christmas. You name it, I celebrate it," she said.



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