Chinese New Year: What the Year of the Dog Means for You

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Ancient Chinese people use zodiac animals to date the years. A different Chinese zodiac animal is associated for every new year, as is determined by a repeating cycle of 12 animals.

The holiday season has come to an end, which means no more holidays for us. Apart from food, watching "Chinese New Year Gala" which telecasts live on all the CCTV channels has also become a significant custom.

Lunar, or Chinese New Year, which starts on February 15 this year, is China's most important holiday, and families and revelers traditionally celebrate with several nights of fireworks and firecrackers.

Chinese New Year is coming up and if this is your first time celebrating, here's what you need to know.

The 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year - the Year of the Dog - will fall on February 16.

Homes are thoroughly cleaned before New Year's Eve. Fireworks and making dumplings with family members are the most important elements of this festival. Thanks to the traits of energy and discipline, this year is thought to be a good time to try a new venture, though there is a risk of burnout.

"Some believe that celebrating Chinese New Year will make them earn good incomes from businesses in the New Year, as others take this occasion to pray to their ancestors and to enjoy a family reunion", he said. Celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival! The fortunate children are traditionally given red envelopes filled with money. 15 from 11pm-1am, watch the Philadelphia Suns' "Midnight Lion Dance Performance". "There will be something for everyone at the event and we are looking forward to ringing in the Year of the Dog against the unique background of the Giant's Causeway". If you chat with a Chinese lady in AsiaMe, you can ask her what kind of zodiac she is, and she will be very surprised at your understanding of oriental culture.

The Ctrip report states that the number of domestic visitors in the seven-day holiday period will reach 385 million people this year, up 12 per cent on last year. Those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also Dogs.

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