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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Happy Chinese New Year - gong hei fat choy

Gong hei fat choy as they say in Cantonese 
or iMandarin, xin nian kuai le (pronounced shin nee-an kwai le)

2021 is the Chinese Year of the Ox - In Chinese culture the ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021
Began over 2000 years ago, the lantern festival has developed many meanings. It celebrates family reunions and society. It features ancient spiritual traditions.

In our city on the weekend of 13-14 February the Chinese New Year Festival committee set up an amazing lantern display in the International Friendship Gardens.  Many of the lanterns were made by local school children and powered by little battery candles. It must have taken hours and hours of work to set up and turn on all those lights and it looked truly amazing. Here are some pics

This is the entrance to the labyrinth in the gardens, where lanterns were placed around the pathway to follow. 

We are so fortunate in Western Australia to currently have no community spread Covid cases, so there were many people at the festival in the gardens enjoying the lanterns. Traditionally the lantern festival is a time for families and our local festival certainly had a lovely family friendly feeling. 

You can find out more about Chinese New Year here - Chinese New Year

What Chinese zodiac year were you born in? I was born in the Year of the Goat

You can find out your year here - Chinese Zodiac

Strangely, just after I finished this post, my Chinese picture which I bought in Singapore several years ago, threw itself off the wall, breaking the glass. I wonder what that means???

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You can also visit this Facebook page to see more images from our local festival - Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival

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  1. Jill - the lanterns are so pretty and delicate. And how clever to use lights that are not fire - I have heard of lanterns, especially the flying ones, causing fires ... Our COVID cases continue, and it doesn't help that we have a new governor in Montana who has lifted the mask mandate ... My Chinese zodiac is the Rabbit. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  2. Great colors in your night photo's. I love them.

  3. Such a beautiful celebration! Happy Lunar New Year!

  4. I'm surprised this celebration was held in the midst of the pandemic. Ours was cancelled - but in the past has been breathtaking.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/cedar-creek-galleries-not-your-average.html

  5. It looks so lovely! Glad Covid is not crazy where you live.

  6. You answered the questions about the year of the ox and what it represents! The lanterns are so beautiful, and thank you for clicking your camera for All Seasons a few times here. Magnificent, Jill - love this post, Jesh

  7. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Jill. I love Chinese New Year and this is the first in many years we haven't been in the Pacific part of the world to celebrate it!

  8. Beautiful photos, Jill! I love that the children are a part of this

  9. These photos are beautiful and I love the lanterns. Great to hear that you are not having trouble with Covid. We are still struggling with cases here in Kentucky. Thank you for linking up and stay well.

  10. Awesome photos! Happy New Year!

    It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  11. The Year of the Ox. Happy luna new year!
    Great pics.


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