Who let the dogs out?

February 16, 2018


Global celebrations are underway to welcome the Chinese (and Lunar) New Year, which will be the 4715th year in the Lunar calendar. The Chinese Zodiac follows a 12-year cycle with each year relating to a different animal. 2018 is the Year of The Dog, and it is the sign for those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.

It is said that those born under a particular animal in the Zodiac are born resembling the traits of that animal. You can expect a dog to be loyal, honest, amiable, kind and prudent…much like our beloved family pets. Good boy. Sit.

If you would like to get involved, a great place to start would be to discover your own Chinese Zodiac sign here: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/chinese-zodiac-calculator.htm

According to news.com.au, the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia are set to be held in Sydney with 1.4 million people expected to attend firework in the harbour. Putting the New Year aside for a moment, I started to think about how often we read similar stories about how Australia, this sparsely populated island all the way down here, leads the world in blending the big and the global into the social dimension of our local towns and cities.

As we walk down Jonson Street, in the centre of Byron Bay, there are languages from all over the world being spoken by tourists who have come to share in the natural beauty and unique culture. Over the years, some of them have decided to stay and we have musicians, artists, business owners, and restaurants who continue to make our shire and surrounds a richer, more enticing place to be.

Through multiculturalism, we can learn from collective wisdom, taste diverse cuisines, trade with new friends and incorporate a richer experience of life into our local lives.

An opportunity to discover the world has, in many ways, arrived on our doorstep through the many waves of people who have decided to contribute the best of where they’re from to make this the best place on earth.

Enjoy the global edit of our newsletter and a happy lunar new year to you all. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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