The Year of the Monkey 2016 in Sydney

Lanterns in Martin Place

The Year of the Monkey 2016 celebrations in Sydney commenced on 6th February and finished on 21st February, 2016.  The City of Sydney came alive with lantern displays, lion dances, street performers, lunar feasts and dragon boat races throughout the 2 weeks of celebrations.

Some of the Chinese Animal Displays Throughout Sydney for the Year of the Monkey 2016

(information supplied by the City of Sydney)

The Monkey located at the Sydney Opera House

Year of the Monkey at the Opera House

Year of the Monkey at the Opera House

The Three Monkeys adorn the forecourt of the Opera House; hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil.

People born in the Year of the Monkey are fun-loving, energetic and inquisitive.  Their intellect allows them to adapt to any situation.  They are confident, charismatic, loyal and inventive and sometimes  can be a little too curious for their own good.

The Goat located at Dixon Street Mall

The Year of the Monkey and the Goats from Guangzhou

The Goats from Guangzhou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Guangzhou is a sister city to Sydney and is known as the ‘city of goats’. The city made a set of goat lanterns for the Chinese New Year Celebrations. The lanterns passed  love, friendship, joy and happiness to the people of Sydney.

People born in the Year of the Goat are wise, dependable and calm, creative and compassionate and fond of the quiet life.

The Horse located at Martin Place

Year of the Monkey at Martin Place Sydney - The Horse

Martin Place Sydney – The Horse

The Horse Lantern depicted ancient wall horses leading a chariot.

People born in the Year of the Horse are animated, active and energetic.  They love to be in a crowd and to take centre stage.

The Pig located at Pitt Street Mall

Year of the Monkey Chinese Zodiac Animal the Pig with her Piglets at Martin Place

Chinese Zodiac Animal the Pig with her Piglets at Martin Place

Inspired by the motherly nature of the pig, this patchwork pig is a delight to behold with her piglets.

People born in the Year of the Pig are diligent and generous, focused in achieving their goals.

 

The Rooster located at Pitt Street Mall

Year of the Monkey Chinese Zodiac Animal The Rooster at Pitt Street Mall

Chinese Zodiac Animal The Rooster at Pitt Street Mall

The Rooster’s bright vibrant colours perfectly represented its independent and quick-witted nature.

People born in the Year of the Rooster are hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented and confident about themselves.

The Dog located at Dixon Street Mall

Year of the Monkey Chinese Zodica Animal the Dog at Chinatown

Chinese Zodiac Animal the Dog at Chinatown

Resplendent in Chinese fabric, the Dog lantern is playful and cute.

People born in the Year of the Dog are loyal and honest, amiable and kind but not always good at communication.

Chinatown Lion Dances

Year of the Monkey Lion Dance Paddys Market

Lion Dance Paddys Market

At different times over Chinese New Year Lion Dances took place throughout Chinatown.  The Lion Dances are performed to bring good luck and fortune to the businesses for the new year.

Buying your Chinese Decorations and Red Packets in Chinatown

Year of the Monkey Buying Red Packets and Chinese Lanterns

Buying Red Packets and Chinese Lanterns

Year of the Monkey Red Packets at Chinatown

Red Packets at Chinatown

Year of the Monkey Good Luck Symbols Chinatown

Good Luck Symbols Chinatown

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Queen Victoria Building

Year of the Monkey Chinese Calligraphy at the Queen Victoria Building

Chinese Calligraphy at the Queen Victoria Building

A local Chinese Calligrapher, Bind Dong Yang, created hand crafted messages of Happiness, Love, Prosperity, Good Health and Luck.

Lantern Display Queen Victoria Building

Lantern Display Queen Victoria Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information:

http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

 

Gong Xi Fai Cai!

 

2 Comments

  • Alice says:

    Lovely Post. Thanks for the beautiful images and explaining the significance of the Chinese Zodiac Animals & defining the character of the people born in that year. I enjoyed going through your post like anything.

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