Chinese New Year of the dog

Chinatown BBQ is decorated with second-hand furniture from other now closed restaurants in the neighbourhood

Anxious to curb winter pollution, the capital has - like 440 other Chinese cities - banned firecrackers and fireworks, resulting in an eerily quiet New Year's Eve. The celebrations end with the Lantern Festival, which marks the first full moon of the lunar year and during which people take to the streets to light lanterns and celebrate. It has been said that a Year of the Dog is a great fertility year, so one can only imagine that there will be many more babies to come!

The reason? A skit at the "Spring Festival Gala", the flagship program of China Central Television (CCTV), broadcast around the world every year for the Chinese New Year. It is widely recognized that good health is the foundation of all else, so from here, we draw your attention to the deep cultural connection to holistic health practices that spring from a 5000-year-old tradition of Chinese Medicine.

Each new year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. "The city of Los Angeles is thrilled to join them in ushering in harmony and goodwill in this Year of the Earth Dog".

Here's a look at this year's celebrations around the world.

Chinatown BBQ wall

"The year 2017 was a landmark year for China", said Zhang, who explained that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October "mapped out the blueprint for China's development in the coming 30 years, opening up a new era for China's development and modernization".

Vietnamese families eat red sticky rice, and wish their loved ones, "Chúc Mừng Năm Mới", or "Happy New Year". However, red lanterns are often seen during the festivities in China and many families make their own lanterns with red paper and cloth with riddles written on them.

With the celebration extending two weeks until the Lantern Festival that marks the 15th day, brands that offer limited-edition merchandise - especially worldwide brands - have several days to not only capitalize on the sizable Chinese market but build relationships with customers on a global level.


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