The Year of the Dog 2018

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The Year of the Dog 2018
By: Jim & Doreen ~ 2/28/2018

The Dog represents justice and equality. Born with an innate sense of desency, he strongly denounces injustice.  His warmth and genuine interest in others win him many close friends.  A knack for gaining backing from important people can help him win a brilliant career.  Though attractive and seductive, the Dog is deeply attached to his home and faithful to loved ones.  He has a special relationship with Horse and Serpent; also like Tiger and Hare, but often clashes with the Dragon.

This Lunar New Year marks the Year of the Dog, more specifically, the Brown, orEarth Dog. Also known as the Spring Festival, it has been celebrated for over 4,000 years and is the grandest & most important event for the people of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, as well as through-out the Chinatowns of the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. Since it is the time for whole families to reunite, it is the longest celebrated public holiday in the world, lasting up to one full month for many. Most employees are given a minimum vacation of one week. Students are given a month off, and the majority of businesses are closed two weeks to a full month. Millions of people return to their families villages to pay homage to their ancestors & honor holy, sacred deities. One sixth of the world’s population celebrate, according to traditional local customs, unique to each region.