Free street fair welcomes the Year of the Dog

By Helene Fung Crowds of up to 70,000 are expected to join the local Chinese community in celebrating the lunar new year, ushering in the Year of the Dog with greetings such as Kung Hei Fat Choi or Gong Xi Fa Cai – depending on which is your dialect of choice. The biggest among a…

Four people injured in Bunbury Australia Day celebrations

Four people have been injured by fireworks in Bunbury’s Australia Day celebrations, requiring hospital attention. A firework malfunctions, landing in a group of spectators causing minor injuries to three people, and leaving one woman in a serious condition. The injured people were taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital after the incident on Koombana Drive, just after…

WA Citizenship Ceremonies Celebrate Australia’s Pride

By Nicholas Farrington A sea of waving blue flags, a flame with passionate chants united Australians from all walks of life to welcomed the newest citizens on Australia Day. One of WA’s biggest citizenship ceremony happened in Wanneroo, which honored and celebrated over 600 new citizens today. The ceremony consisted of spirited singing and stirring…

City of Cockburn denies reports of Australia Day date change

In a recent article, there are reports by the media that the City of Cockburn is the next local council to change the date of their Australia day celebrations. However, Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett, denied that they are considering shifting their festivities. Mr Howlett said their annual Australia day community beach party, citizenship ceremony and…

Chinese New Year customs for beginners

This opinion piece is written by WAMN Cultural Contributor Helene Fung. It’s Chinese New Year (CNY) again soon – because it goes by lunar calendar, this year it falls on 19th February. For our non-Chinese readers, have you ever wondered what the funny customs are all about? Why do some of your Chinese friends celebrate…