Binh and Kimly Chau prepare for the Chinese New Year at their family business, Go Sing Chinese Restaurant at Top of Town.
Binh and Kimly Chau prepare for the Chinese New Year at their family business, Go Sing Chinese Restaurant at Top of Town. Sarah Harvey

Dragon to dance away bad luck

IF TRADITIONAL Chinese New Year dragon dances are meant to scare off the bad luck from the previous 12 months, Ipswich could do with an especially loud beast this year.

Luckily, that’s what Go Sing Ipswich restaurant owners Binh and Kim Ly Chau have planned for the Chinese New Year at their establishment starting tomorrow. The couple, who has run the Top of Town restaurant for 23 years, will put on two nights of dragon dancing performances, kung fu displays and plenty of all-round cheer.

Hopefully it is enough to scare the bad luck away that has plagued the region with the recent flood disaster.

The performances will start at 6.30pm on February 4 and 5. Call Go Sing on 3281 2748 for more details.

“Every year we put the dragons out. The customers enjoy it,” Mr Chau said.

Traditionally during Chinese New Year celebrations, people wear red clothes, give children “lucky money” in red envelopes and set off firecrackers.

Red symbolises fire, which the Chinese believe drives away bad luck.

Chinese zodiac followers will know that 2011 will be the year of the rabbit.

There are different versions of the story behind the development of the Chinese zodiac, but all the versions are based around a race called by an Emperor to determine the animals to be represented.

The cunning rat hitched a ride on the back of the ox and crossed the winning line first. The rat was followed (in order) by ox (cow), tiger, rabbit (cat), dragon, snake, horse, ram (goat, sheep), monkey, rooster (chicken), dog and pig (boar).



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