Chinese New Year: 2018 is the Year of the Dog / by Chris Bonner

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Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration that begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice (February 16th) and ends when the full moon arrives two weeks later (March 1st). 

Public Chinese New Year festivities include elaborate dragon and lion dances and often fireworks. Individuals spend time with family and friends and also focus on cleaning out their homes, preparing for a fresh start in the new year. 

Each new year is represented by an animal symbol in the Chinese Zodiac; the characteristics of that animal are thought to represent the tone of the upcoming year.

Learn more about the origins of Chinese Astrology and predictions for this Year of the Dog>>

Participate in Chinese New Year activities at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Gardens>>