Year of the Dog 6

We spotted this golden dog at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong last year – along with statues of the other eleven zodiac animals.

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Year of the Dog 1


Happy New Year! In the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. China uses the lunar  calendar and Chinese New Year isn’t until 16 February, so it is still the Year of the Hen there.

However Japan uses the western (solar) calendar, so today is the first day of the Year of the Dog in Japan. Here are two origami dogs to mark the start of the new year.

Light Entertainment


We went along to the Swan Festival of Lights at Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens yesterday. It’s a celebration of the Indian Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival.

As you would expect, there was plenty of colour and action, with hanging garlands and displays of Indian dancing. The Swan Festival of Lights ended last night, but there is another Deepavali celebration next weekend – Diwali Mela at Claremont Showground. See you there!