Happy Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog

China rings in the Lunar New Year in a big way with the  Spring Festival that ends with the Red Lantern Festival. (Read more: Customs). Depending upon where you live celebrations can last anywhere from one week to 23 days.

Many of these customs are widely known by most mainstream Westerners, however, Alethea Yip shares insights about the diversity of other Asian lunar celebratory customs.

"In Korea, the Lunar New Year celebration is barely a blip on the party radar, while New Year is a month-long vacation and matchmaking fest among the Hmong. And in  Thailand, New Year festivities include a splashy good time with a water sprinkling ritual. Also, because omany countries interpret the lunar calendar differently or use the solar system, the dates of celebrations vary as well.  The Indian holiday Diwali falls in late October or early November. The Cambodians enter their Chaul Chnam Thmey in mid-April and modern Japan celebrates New Year, oddly enough, on January 1st.

Despite a number of differences, there is one common theme that takes center stage for all Asian New Year celebrations: Family (and friends). No matter what the country, religion or race, New Year's Day is a time for family reunions, gatherings and reflection and reaffirming bonds."

Click below to find Lunar New Year celebrations in your area:

Portland, Oregon

7 Ways to celebrate Lunar New Year 2018 in Portland, Oregon

San Francisco Bay Area

This link provides detals for the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Lafayette, Martinez, Oakland, Redwood City, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sausalito.

San Leandro Monday, February 26, 1:30-3:30 PM

Los Angeles County Best 2018 Lunar/Chinese New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles

This link provides detals for the cities of Los Angeles, Universal Studios, Anaheim (Disneyland), Santa Monica, Pasadena.

Orange County

This link provides detals for the cities of Costa Mesa, Westminister, Santa Ana Fountain Valley, and Buena Park.

Curious about the influences of the Year of the Earth Dog?

Find fortune-telling predictions on these online resources:

The last year of the earth dog was 1959.  The earth dog is a good fighter and an  equally good survivor. Being realistic and practical, this dog values individualism and self-respect and will speak without reserve straight from the heart. This dog is never crushed by defeat nor overconfident in victory.


The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes, by Theodora and Laura Lau, (ISBN: 978-0-06-199091-5) is a good resource to understand the issues involved in your own path of enlightenment related to dog archtypes in general. They describe the "... Fire DOG is active and energetic. The strong, sophisticated and independent Metal DOG likes to fight. The Water DOG is a cooperative, speculative monkey. The Wood DOGhas a restless, strong pioneering spirit, but likes keeping the home and accounts in order. And the Earth DOG is quiet, placid, and reliable."

Lunar New Year Greetings

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