Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Don’t pack away your party clothes and your best glasses just yet, because there’s one more Summer celebration yet to go down; Lunar New Year!

This year, we celebrate the year of the dog; which symbolises luck and loyalty.

So if you’re lucky enough to have some loyal friends to celebrate with, then pour a glass of Australian wine, get your party shoes on, and get out to one of these amazing events.

Opening Night - Chinese New Year Festival
Sydney, 16th of February

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With more than 1.5million people arriving in Sydney to celebrate Lunar New Year every year, the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

There are plenty of events on over the course of Lunar New Year, from dance spectacles to art gallery shows, but we suggest you kick things off with a bang on opening night – with some fireworks down by the harbour at 5 pm.

Year of the Dog Light Show
Melbourne, 15th February – 21st February

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If you’re near Melbourne any time over Lunar New Year, then make sure you pop by Buluk Park to see The Lighthouse at Victoria Harbour.

This 15-storey light installation is worth seeing any night of the year; but during Lunar New Year, it will display a special, year of the dog light show; every hour – on the hour.

Once you’ve enjoyed the show, grab a cab over The Yarra, and pop into The Bohemian Wine Bar. Their selection of Australian wines is definitely worth celebrating.

Lunar Lanterns
Sydney, 16th – 25th of February

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Whether you want to find your zodiac animal, or just find your next Instagram post; then look no further than Sydney’s Circular Quay.

These glowing lanterns tower up to 13 metres tall, and when they come on at night, they attract throngs of budding photographers. So if you want to get the best, possible profile pic; then make sure you plan ahead.

Alternatively, duck over to any of the local bars (we suggest the cocktail lounge at Café Sydney – just make sure that you book ahead) and enjoy a glass of wine at the bar while you wait for the crowds to dissipate

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Adelaide, the 18th of February

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If you plan on spending the first weekend of Lunar New Year exploring the Barossa or the stunning, Eden Valley, then why not cap-off your perfect weekend with some incredible music?

Combing Australian sounds, such as those of didgeridoo virtuoso, William Barton, with spectacular instruments from China, such as drummers from the Shanghai Empireast Culture Group; this symphony is a perfect way to celebrate all things Australian and Chinese.

Guide Dog Graduation
Sydney, 17th of February

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Just imagine watching all of the successful guide dogs from the last two years of training at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, walk along the red carpet to receive their harness.

If there’s a better way to celebrate the first day of the year of the dog than watching adorable puppies graduate from Guide Dog School; then we’re yet to find it.

If saying “awwwwww” too much builds up a thirst, then we suggest strolling along the harbour to Quay. If you’re lucky enough to arrive when there’s no cruise ship; you can sit by the water, with a glass of Australian wine, and toast to a fantastic, and lucky, year of the dog.

Roberta Marchesini