On the weekend we went along to Elizabeth Quay, beside the Swan River in Perth, to catch the Chinese New Year celebrations.
There were plenty of Chinese zodiac animals and lanterns – mostly in the traditional colours of red and gold. The event runs through to 5 February.
Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals has an associated protective deity – the 12 Heavenly Generals. This one is Mihira, who protects people born in the year of the rooster. You can see him and the other 11 Heavenly Generals in the large plaza outside Po Lin Monastery, on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.
We saw this rooster at Wong Tai Sin Temple (below) in Hong Kong – it’s one of 12 statues, one for each animal in the Chinese zodiac.
Happy New Year! Today is Chinese New Year – the start of the Year of the Rooster. We saw this rooster at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple in Shatin, Hong Kong.
This clock tower in the centre of St Albans, UK also caught our attention. It was built in the early 15th century and has a 14th century curfew bell inside.
Yes, it’s Australia Day. Have a good one!
We also saw an interesting clock in St Albans Cathedral – the Wallingford Clock, which is a replica of a 14th century clock.
As well as telling the time, it shows the current positions of the sun, moon and stars, plus the phases of the moon.