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Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, is one of the most celebrated events across the globe. It's a time spent with family and friends, feasting on foods with symbolic meanings, paying respect to elders, gift-giving and good wishes.

This year, in 2018, it is the Year of the Dog. According to Asian astrology, anyone born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

UniSA’s Singapore Alumni Chapter President, Lawrence Lim, and Malaysia Alumni Chapter President, Colin Song, share how they celebrate the festive occasion as well as their plans to welcome the Year of the Dog.

Colin Song, President, Malaysia Alumni Chapter

Members of the Malaysia Chapter Committee

“We celebrate the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival traditionally by having family reunion dinner on New Year's Eve. Our homes are decorated with auspicious red decorations, with 'fortune', 'wealth', 'good luck' and 'peace' written in calligraphy. One of the main activities is lighting firecrackers and red-packets with cash are given to family and friends, especially children.

"The favourite activity for all of us is enjoying meals and good food with family, relatives and friends over the 15 days of celebration. One special custom is to have many 'Yee Sang' salads, which has the meaning of 'abundance of progress and growth'.

"We plan to welcome the Year of the Dog with well wishes to our family, friends and alumni, wishing everyone a Prosperous and Healthy Year of Dog."

Lawrence Lim, President, Singapore Alumni Chapter

“Normally I will celebrate the Lunar New Year by cleaning the house and I put up red decorations, appease the kitchen god, dress up neatly for the occasion, visit a temple to get well wishes, honour the ancestors, set off firecrackers, and give gifts of money in red envelopes to the younger generation.

"My favourite part is to keep an eye out for the special dances. Besides firecrackers, food, activities, and music, Lunar New Year parades are a rare opportunity to watch costumed dragon dancers and lion dancers. The dragon dancers skillfully synchronize their dancing in one line, holding poles supporting a long, vibrant dragon. Two lion dancers share a single costume depicting a large, stylized lion. The dance often includes comic elements, such as a silly monk who helps the lion track down a lettuce. Both dances are accompanied by traditional drumming.

Members of the Singapore Chapter Committee

This year we have organized a Lo Hei Dinner together with the Committee of the UniSA Singapore Alumni. The objective of this gathering is to unite the team and foster a closer relationship among members to prepare for bigger challenges in the coming months. We will visit the China Town in Singapore and soak ourselves in the celebrative atmosphere in order to welcome the Year of Dog.”

Which Chinese Zodiac animal am I?

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
  • Pig: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959

We wish you a happy Lunar New Year and hope the Year of the Dog is prosperous and comes with good fortune. May you enjoy this time with your family and friends.

Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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