Lunar New Year is one of the biggest — not to mention most spectacular — celebrations in the world. But how much do you know about it? Well, according to the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle, each Lunar New Year is related to an animal. This year is the Year of the Dog and as celebrations begin February 16, DFS is sharing with you the top 10 things you need to know about Year of the Dog.
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1. If you were born in the Year of the Dog, you are most likely loyal, honest, friendly and sincere. You're essentially best friend material!
2. Did you know a natural element is paired up with each Zodiac? For 2018, we will be celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog who are best known to be serious and hard working.
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3. Lunar New Year is a time to welcome luck back into your life. If you were born in the Year of the Dog, your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9. Your lucky colors are red, green and purple. And your lucky flowers are roses, oncidiums and cymbidium orchids.
4. Grab your family and friends and enjoy the colorful, vibrant street parades held in many cities around the world, featuring performers, fireworks and more. Keep an eye out for the spectacular dragon and lion floats!
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5. Add a touch of red to your ensemble for Lunar New Year as it may bring you a little more good luck. Shop for new accessories for yourself and your furry friend to start off the new year with a brand new look
6. While it's tradition to fill your red Hongbao envelopes with cash, we suggest to tuck in a few sweet treats for your favorite dogs to wish them well and with good fortune.
7. Like all good celebrations, one of the best parts of Lunar New Year is, of course, the food. On the eve of Lunar New Year, steamed fish and dumplings are traditionally served. Cook up your dog's favorite food and be sure to welcome them to the table for a family feast together.
8. Brush up your pets and clean up your home to rid your spaces of negative energy before Lunar New Year begins. Afterwards, decorate with traditional Chinese knots, red lanterns and potted kumquats throughout your home and don't forget to add a little red to your dogs favorite play area.
9. Don't forget to reflect! The eve of Lunar New Year is a popular time to visit Chinese temples. Many people opt to visit temples or large squares, where bells are rung at midnight. Bring the family and dogs for snacks, crafts and time together.
10. On the 15th day of Lunar New Year, gather all your dogs and pets to enjoy the Chinese Lantern Festival. It's the perfect time to post your moment together and share with your friends around the world.