An Auspicious Day


shǔ nián dàjí

Wish you luck in the Year of the RAT (2020)

In 2020, Australia Day and Chinese Lunar New Year fall over the same weekend. Both are controversial days. Chinese or Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21st January and 20th February. In 1928 there was an attempt to allign Chinese New Year with the 1st January as per the Georgian Calendar. In 1967, as part of the Cultural Revolution, it was briefly banned entirely. In Australia, the 26th of January represents a celebration of arrival or invasion, depending on whether you were on the boat or on the beach. Both days are really times to acknowledge the past, reflect on the reality of the present and outline our hopes for the future. These are precious opportunities for our communities whenever they occur. Perhaps we need a combined lunar Australia Day/Chinese New Year. I like lion dancing, imagine doing it in kangaroo costumes? #enjoythelongweekend #letsmakelemonade

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