Sunday, February 5, 2012
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2012 - BRISBANE
Greeting Card from Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Greeting Card from Cr Angela Owen-Taylor
Valley Chinese New Year Celebration 2012
22 Jan 2012
Valley Chinatown Mall
Duncan Street, The Valley
Also known as Spring Festival
Chinese or Lunar New Year celebrates the first day of the lunisolar calendar
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity"
Lion Dance Performance
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Cr. Steven Huang
watch video here
Traditional games like "picking marbles" with a pair of chopstick
and Chinese Caligraphy writing by Macau Tourism Board
Kung Fu Panda Kids Performance
Miao Miao Chinese School
During the Chinese New Year, lion dancer troupes from the Chinese martial art schools or Chinese guild and associations will visit the houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of "cai ching" (採青)
Literally means "plucking the greens", a quest by the 'lion' to pluck the auspicious green normally 'vegetables' like lettuce
which in Chinese called 'cái'(菜)that sound like 'cái'(财)(fortune) and auspicious fruit like oranges tied to a "Red Envelope" containing money
Orchid New Music with Cai Shen
Cai Shen (财神/財神) is the Chinese god of prosperity. He is also referred to God of Wealth in Chinese Folklore.
Cai Shen's name is often invoked during the Chinese New Year celebrations. He is often depicted riding a black tiger and holding a golden rod. He may also be depicted with an iron tool capable of turning stone and iron into gold.
Prunus mume aka Chinese plum is usually translated as plum blossom 梅花
The blossoms are so beloved because they are viewed as blooming most vibrantly amidst the winter snow, exuding an ethereal elegance, while their fragrance is noticed to still subtly pervade the air at even the coldest times of the year
Group Arabic Dance
Bumped into Kyoko
Brisbane International Student Ambassador (Japan)
Qing Dynasty Court Dance
The Qing Dynasty was the last dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912 with a brief, abortive restoration in 1917. It was preceded by the Ming Dynasty and followed by the Republic of China.
Traditional Music Performance
The pipa (琵琶) is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, belonging to the plucked category of instruments. Sometimes called the Chinese lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26.
Paradigm Infititum International Business Ball 2012
03 Feb 2012
The company ties in Chinese New Year dinner with its Annual International Ball
to raise fund for AMBCQ
STEAMED SCALLOP WITH XO SAUCE
DUCK MEAT SAN CHOY BAU
SEAFOOD AND SWEET CORN SOUP
KING PRAWN WITH BROCOLLI
STEAMED SILVER PERCH WITH GARLIC
PORK CHOP WITH PEKING SAUCE
DEEP FRIED SQUID WITH SALT AND PEPPER
YANG CHOW FRIED RICE
SPEECH BY KIONG CHAN, CEO PARADIGM INFINITUM
SPEECH BY THE HON PETER SLIPPER MHR
TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN CHINESE LION DANCECHAN YAU LAM SCHOOL
The Chinese Southern (南獅) Lion dance originated from Guangdong, the homeland of the Chinese southern style lion. The Chinese southern horned lions are believed to be Nians.
The Chinese Southern dance is more symbolic. It is usually performed as a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune.
The Chinese southern lion exhibits a wide variety of colour and has a distinctive head with large eyes (of an eagle), a mirror on the forehead (demons are supposedly scared of their own reflection), and a single horn at center of the head (the horn of a unicorn mentioned earlier). Lion dance costumes are considered to be spiritually protective when used as they are traditionally blessed before usage.
watch video here
BUSINESS PANEL DISCUSSION
GARY HARDGRAVE, RADIO 4BC
GRAHAM YOUNG, ONLINE OPINION
CHICK OLSSON, AUSTRALIAN WOOLGROWERS ASSOCIATION
WISHING ALL HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY
IN THIS YEAR OF THE DRAGON!
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