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A paws-perous new year wish for all our Chinese readers

15 February 2018

2018 is the year of the dog, which is characterized as being fortunate, loyal, responsible, and independent.

- On the lunar Chinese calendar each year is represented by a zodiac animal. The fun kicks off with fireworks and a family reunion dinner on New Year's Eve.

Moon also wished citizens happiness in the New Year.

Chinese New Year falls on 16 February this year, at which point we will enter the Year of the Dog.

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New year's celebrations will also take place in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and other Southeast Asian nations with sizable ethnic Chinese communities.

In Guangzhou, flower fairs are popular at New Year, and all over southern China, lantern displays are common.

- The last day of the 15-day celebration is the Lantern Festival. On the second day, married daughters normally visit their parents with their husbands and children. During the dance, more than 250 envelopes filled with everything from gift cards to candy will be given to guests, along with store incentives. 15 from 11pm-1am, watch the Philadelphia Suns' "Midnight Lion Dance Performance".

"In the year of the dog, all zodiac signs will want to pay attention to their health", they advice. Those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also Dogs.

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That means taking action, jumping on opportunities, and not pushing back what you can do today to tomorrow are just a couple of the tenants you should live by for this year... and every other year.

It is worth mentioning that Chinese people who like traditional culture think that there is an inextricable link between their partner and the Chinese zodiac. It is believed lighting incense and praying at the temple earlier in the New Year will welcome good spirits and deities coming to the household sooner.

Chinese-Canadian author Jen Sookfong Lee, who has written a children's book on the holiday, says a big part of the celebrations revolve around cooking and eating - from dumplings to noodles to cakes.

Another online domestic helper service platform named Ayilaile said only about 10 percent of its more than 100,000 registered housekeepers were staying in the capital this holiday.

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A paws-perous new year wish for all our Chinese readers