I was so excited about the Lunar New Year celebrations that I forgot Australia Day.
We just had Australia Day over here, yet, to be honest, I completely forgot it was happening till right before! Meanwhile I had been talking about Chinese New Year celebrations for weeks. My patriotism is evidently a little confused.
Though I completely appreciate the freedom and natural beauty of Australia, there are just so many ‘Aussie’ things I can not appreciate. The typical larrikinism that is the embodiment of most Australia Day backyard party traditions has never been something I felt any kinship with. Though good hearted and well intentioned, I have just never appreciated the flag cape wearing, tinny guzzling, mischievous behaviour, that comes with the National day off.
Each to their own I guess.
LUNAR NEW YEAR
Back to Lunar New Year celebrations.
Growing up, for some reason I remember our family heading out for Chinese meals for the New Year, despite being one of the only non-Chinese families at the restaurants. Being there for lighting of fire crackers and happily crunching open fortune cookies on the way out, I loved it. Now, with Mario being involved with the Kung Fu School here, there is just something about the energy, the banging of the drums, the lion dances and endless red packets to get excited about.
This is probably why I forgot about Australia Day.
We shot this outfit last week while wandering through Chinatown here, as they were stringing up lanterns for the festivities. Traditionally, I am told that people go out and buy new red clothes for the Lunar New Year, which, I think I will use as an excuse. Looking at this outfit, I am distinctly lacking enough red!
I am looking forward to sharing some of the celebrations with you all, including the Kung Fu School’s new UV light dragon! Keep an eye out on my Instagram stories. @inspiringwit
Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? I would love to learn more about what you do! Please let me know below.
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