Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog
We always love a festive celebration, so when we heard that this year the Chinese are celebrating the Year of the Dog we thought we would share the pawsome news with our community. But what is Chinese New Year you ask? Well don’t worry we’ll explain all you need to know about the special celebration and what it entails (see what we did there?).
What is Chinese New Year?
The traditional Chinese follow a different calendar known as the Lunar Calendar. Unlike our calendar, it follows the the phases of the moon therefore Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year, occurs on the second full moon after winter solstice. This is usually around mid January to mid February, and this festivities last up to 23 days.
It is celebrated by visiting family and friends, eating special meals, fireworks and exchanging gifts and red packets with money called hóngbāo / lai see.
What is the Chinese Zodiac?
The Chinese Zodiac is a 12 year cycle, with each year represented by an animal. Each Chinese New Year the next animal in the cycle marks that year. Much like astrology horoscopes in Chinese astrology the year of your birth and the animal it represents can say a lot about your personality traits. Here are the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac:
Year of the Dog 2018
This year marks the Year of the Dog in the Lunar Calendar. Those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are celebrating their year! The Chinese regard the dog as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.
Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and honest, though slightly temperamental.
Looking for a way to celebrate Chinese New Year? There are often festivities held in cities, such as parades or fireworks. Why not treat your dog to a special recipaws or find a doggyto borrow to help you enjoy the celebrations.
Happy Chinese New Year / Gong Hey Fat Choy!
The BorrowMyDoggy Team