Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Dog.
Unlike the Gregorian New Year beginning on Jan. 1, Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, starting on a different date each year. The holiday festivities begin with the first new moon occurring between late January and early February, and end at the full moon. This year, the Chinese New Year celebrations kicked off on Feb. 16 and end on March 2.
BendBroadband is a proud sponsor of the Asian New Year celebration held at the Bend High School Auditorium on March 4, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event benefits both the Bend High School Life Skills Program and EChO, Education for Chinese Orphans. Tickets for the show and/or the VIP Dinner after the show can be purchased here.
Chinese New Year Traditions
Each new year is associated with one of the 12 Chinese zodiacs. 2018 will be a Year of the Dog; a year marked by the dog’s defining characteristic, loyalty. Those born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006 were all born in a Year of the Dog. Many believe you can predict your luck in health, love, wealth, and work based on your zodiac and the astrological patterns paired with it.
Lucy G. is from China and has celebrated Chinese New Year her entire life. Lucy is a senior specialist in Network Services for TDS, the parent company of BendBroadband.
“It is believed that you will have the qualities of the animal’s year you are born in. Everyone likes dogs, as they are loyal and honest,” said Lucy. “But when it is your animal’s year, you are advised to be careful. It does not mean good luck.”
Being the most important holiday in China, there are numerous traditions to celebrate. Many will receive bright red envelopes with gold detailing, or lucky envelopes. In China, they are often filled with money to bring fortune in the coming year.
Families in China typically make special cuisine to celebrate the holiday. “The food you eat has a lot of meaning. Fish is very popular, as it is said to bring extra money in the new year. Dumplings also bring wealth,” said Lucy.
Noodles, on the other hand, symbolize longevity and luck. If you’re making noodles to celebrate, be careful not to cut them, as the longer the noodles, the longer the life you are expected to live.
The celebration ends with the Festival of the Lanterns. At these celebrations, you can expect to see plenty of the color red, dragons, and of course, brightly lit lanterns.
For now, it’s time to say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome The Year of the Dog. BendBroadband wishes you fortune in the new year!
Guest Blogger: Mary Mulcahy