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Published February 9th 2018
Do something different in the Year of the Dog
The number 8 is considered very auspicious in Chinese culture. In Cantonese the pronunciation of 8 (ba) is similar to that of the word for "wealth, fortune or prosper" (fa). Multiples of 8 are even luckier as the written form of 88 resembles the character for "double joy". This belief is so strong that companies pay huge sums for phone numbers containing 8 and flights to and from China include an 8 whenever possible. Since the Lunar or Chinese New Year is another auspicious occasion, here are 8 different ways to celebrate.
Learn Something Modern and ancient arts, history and more. These events are more suitable for adults.
Chinese calligraphy has long been considered an art form. Students of calligraphy learn patience, benefit from reduced stress and find it easier to learn the language. The Perth Chinese Calligraphy and Arts meetup group offers regular introductory classes in this beautiful and mediative art. Visitors are welcome to try a session for only $5. Details of bookings, venues dates and times here.
In Chinese astrology 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog. Find your sign and learn what's in store for the year ahead – for overall luck, career, money, health and home environment and how your home's energy is being affected by Chinese astrology and the Flying Stars. Presented by the City of Swan Libraries at Ballajura, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Midland and Altone Park. Free but bookings required. Details of bookings, venues dates and times here
photo by Bairuilong via Wikimedia Commons
To many Australians the Chinese came, found their fortune in the gold rush and returned home with full pockets. However, this was not the case for the majority of the early Chinese immigrants. Join Kaylene Poon at the State Library of Western Australia and discover A History of the Chinese in Northbridge. Thursday 22 February 4:00PM to 05:00PM. Free but booking required.
Zhan Wang is one of China's leading contemporary artists and this year's Tourism Western Australia Invited Artist for Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea. Come along and hear him discuss his site specific work for Sculpture by the Sea. Zhan Wang Artist Talk - Sculpture by the Sea, Monday, 26 February 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Free but bookings required. Bring the Kids Celebrate with lots of noise, colour and excitement.
The Confucius Institute at UWA and Penhros College present a special performance by the Inner Mongolia Arts University. This troupe of 22 exceptional performers will showcase spectacular music and dance unique to Chinese Mongolian culture. Discover centuries of Chinese Mongolian tradition and folklore in a performance inspired by the vast grasslands and rich culture of their homelands. Friday 23 February 7 PM, Rixon Theatre, Penhros College, Como Tickets $12 Adult $5 Student/Concession
The City of Cockburn is sponsoring the China Pop Up at Bibra Lake Reserve. This free family-friendly event has lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, face painting and more. Saturday, 10 March 10am – midday,
Eat Food plays a central part in Chinese New Year celebrations. Perth has its own tradition at these two late night legends where everyone is welcome.
North of the river or south? Perth may be divided geographically but the real question is where to go for Chinese food after midnight: Uncle Billy's or Billy Lee's? Located just off Roe Street near the Chinatown archway and almost opposite each other, these two restaurants have been feeding hungry revellers for decades. Both have huge menus with reasonable prices and both are open from 5:00pm to 4:00am. Which one to pick? The one with a table available!