Readers ask The Weekly Times about the new Year Of The Dog

The Lunar New Year of the Dog will be celebrated in Eastwood with an official launch, a cooking competition and a spectacular celebration that features lion dancers, fireworks and the guest appearance of the Chinese God Of Fortune. Eastwood Lunar New Year Organising Committee Chairman Hugh Lee OAM answers the most asked questions from readers of The Weekly Times.

Eastwood Lunar New Year Organising Committee chairman Hugh Lee OAM; former Ryde Councillor & founding organiser, Justin Li; festival secretary, Bonnie Lui; and The Weekly Times editor John F Booth AM. TWT On-the-Spot PHOTO.

“We celebrate on February 16 but the Year of the Dog began on Sunday (February 4); because traditionally the Lunar calendar for the year of animals always starts from February 4 because it is called the Spring Day,” Hugh Lee said.

What does the Year Of The Dog hold for us?

“The Year 2018 is the Year of the Brown Earth Dog,” Mr Lee said.

“Predictions are that this year is going to be a good year in most respects, but also tiring and exhausting for many.

“Financially 2018 may be a prosperous year, but you may want to pay special attention to personal health. Depending on your zodiac, 2018 may bring different things.”

What is your advice  to businesses in the Year Of The Dog?

“In 2018, there will be pressures on the business environment and operating costs will rise.

“It is recommended that you budget and prepare well ahead of time, creating an emergency fund.”

What are the characteristics of people born in the Year Of The Dog?

“Those born in the Year of the Brown Earth Dog are persistent, meticulously attentive and have good fortune in wealth.

“Generally Dogs are loyal, honest, and kind. They are also cautious and prudent.

“Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will go to the ends of the earth for those they value.

“However Dogs are not the best at communication, and it may be difficult for them to convey their thoughts to others.

“Sometimes Dogs may leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.”

What are the traditional ways to celebrate a Year Of The Dog?

“From February 8 Chinese people like to carry out a thorough cleaning of their house.

“The cleaning is called ‘sweeping the dust’, and represents a wish to put away old things and welcome the New Year with a fresh start.

“Many Chinese people may go shopping at this time of the year and put up New Year decorations.

“This may include depictions of the Chinese Door God, or rhyming couplets wishing good fortune and health on red paper.

“Of course, a ‘must do’ for New Year is a reunion with family, with many members often travelling long distances for the gathering.”

What is lucky – and unlucky environment – in a Year Of The Dog?

The lucky directions are east, southeast and south while the unlucky directions are north and northwest.

“The lucky flowers are rose, oncidium, cymbidium orchid.”

What are the lucky colours and numbers?

“The lucky numbers for the Year of the Dog are three, four and nine while the lucky colours are green, red and purple.

“The Lunar New Year Day is on Friday February 16 2018 but the Year of the Dog counts from February 4 2018. Traditionally the Lunar calendar for the year of animals always starts from February 4 because it is called the Spring Day.”