Alice Wu, whose parents own Roses Chinese Restaurant, celebrates the new Chinese year.
Alice Wu, whose parents own Roses Chinese Restaurant, celebrates the new Chinese year. Emma Channon

Family welcomes in 'the dragon'

THIS Chinese New Year was a quiet one for Jenny Wu and her family, consisting mostly of family and good, Chinese food - a contrast to her early days in southern China.

The Roses Chinese Restaurant owner said growing up in Guangdong, each night that rang in the lunisolar - a date that indicates the moon phase and the time of the solar year - was one big party.

"When I was a kid there were firecrackers and people would stay awake the whole night," she said.

"I lived in a country village so we all celebrated together. It is the biggest day of the year."

Mrs Wu said the northern and southern parts of China also had different ways of celebrating the Chinese New Year.

She brought her traditions to Australia when she moved here as a teenager, and here in Warwick, the family had their own celebrations.

"I just cooked a special dinner at home," she said.

"And on Sunday we had 14 local Chinese people come in and enjoy a meal for the Chinese New Year."

For children born this year, and for those born in 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928 and 1916 theirs is the year of the Dragon.


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