Saturday, 11 February 2017

First Fleet Park, Lunar Lanterns, Monkey

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around Circular Quay to celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Rooster. These Monkey lanterns are located in First Fleet Park, posing as the three wise monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil, looking towards the pencil, which is mightier than the sword. These five metre tall lanterns were created by Laurens Tan and last year were part of a larger display at the Opera House, perched on top of a gigantic pencil. The Zodiac symbol of the Monkey can be characterised as quick-witted, charming and lucky. The adaptable Monkey livens up an occasion.


  1. If I can't make it to Sydney for these celebrations, the next best thing is to see them through your lens Jim, merci beaucoup!

  2. They're fun but I'm glad they are not permanent!

    1. Yes, they would be a bit much, as permanent fixtures.

  3. Those monkey lanterns are most unusual and colourful too.

  4. So colorful and fun, I hope people enlarge your photo.

  5. You're one of the few this year mentioning the "year of the rooster." When our son was teaching in China I became aware how much Chinese use symbols in their culture.Thank you much for sharing this event with ALL SEASONS. Have a great roostery week:):)


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