Happy Lunar New Year 2018!

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The Beginning of the Lunar New Year!

Colorful decorations bathe the streets in bright reds, yellows, and gold, as Asian communities across the globe are bursting with excitement and festivities in welcoming the new year. And accompanying the Spring Festival is none other than the 11th Chinese zodiac symbol, the Dog.

Let’s dive into the role that this four-legged friend plays in Chinese culture!

 

Treasure Trove, English School (20th Century) / Private Collection / Look and Learn.

 

Lunar New Year 2018: The Dog

Humanity’s most loyal companion is taking center stage as it steps up to represent the coming new year.

It’s common knowledge that Dogs are a widely integrate part of various mythologies of nearly all cultures from across the globe. The domesticated canine has traveled alongside humans, well, for as far back as we can remember. In fact, the earliest record of this dynamic duo dates to nearly 14,700 years ago!

So, it’s not overly shocking to discover that the loyal canine has found a home for itself as one of the most popular motifs in Chinese mythology. Epic tales of supernatural beings have routinely been accompanied by heroic dogs to match, dating as far back to the Ming Dynasty.

 

Erlang Shen and the Xiao Tian Quan (“Howling Celestial Dog”)

 

In the Chinese novel Journey to the West, written in the 16th century, the supernatural god Erlang Shen is often accompanied and assisted by his faithful dog, Xiao Tian Quan, who helps him take down villains and scout out evil spirits.

Personality Traits of The Dog

The Chinese Zodiac tells us what to expect out of folks born under the Year of the Dog.

Typical of a dog’s personality, persons born under this zodiac are described as:

Loyal

Honest

Kind

Cautious

Prudent

And lastly, a bit Stubborn! 

Let’s take a look at a few famous faces born under this zodiac sign:

 

Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and President Bill Clinton.

 

Celebrations Across the Globe

From San Francisco’s Chinatown to the Chinatown nestled within London, communities of all sizes are firing up for the special holiday.

Here’s a sneak peak at past Chinese New Year’s celebrations:

Japan is celebrating by throwing the biggest lantern festival in Asia, the Nagasaki Lantern Festival!

Chinese influence in Japan is strong due to their long trading history.

 

Lantern Festival in Shaghai’s Yuyuan Garden

Due to a deadly bus accident that left many dead, China has postponed this year’s festival to the following week.

 

Chinese New Year Festival in San Francisco, California

 

VPLS Welcomes the New Year!

From all of us at VPLS, we would like to wish you a happy Lunar New Year 2018 and wish you the best of luck in all endeavors!

 

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