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5 Ways to Celebrate The Year Of The Dog

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Put away your heart-shaped chocolates and get ready for February 16th – Lunar New Year 2018. A global celebration of culture, the festivities are not to be missed. Here’s how to get involved! 

The history
Legend has it that the Jade Emperor held race for the animals, promising that the first twelve across the finish line would be included in his calendar. The resulting twelve-year cycle formed the Lunar Calendar, still observed to this day. 

What year are you?
Astrologists believe that much like the Western star signs, the Lunar zodiac year of your birth determines your personality. Find out your sign below:
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

2018: The Year of the Dog
Falling on February 16 this year, Lunar New Year is held on a different date every year, in accordance with the moon. Those born in 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 are given the zodiac of the dog and are said to be loyal, brave and independent. 

Five ways to celebrate
1. Attend a dragon parade.

Dragon

2. Watch traditional lion dancing, live music or martial arts.
3. Eat New Year’s foods – noodles for longevity and fish for prosperity.

Asian Food

4. Watch as people set off fireworks to ring in the new lunar year.
5. Wear red – the colour of good fortune!

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