Celebrate Year of the Dog at Saratoga's Hakone on March 4

Kristopher Nichols
February 17, 2018

A Chinese calligraphy demonstration and traditional Chinese dance are also on the day's agenda, along with a tai chi demonstration.

An estimated 1,000 Chinese tourists came to Vancouver for the Lunar New Year, thanks to Destination B.C. launching its Beijing office in October, 2017. "We wish everyone all the best in the new year".

China Town, the festival's cultural heart will have events, including dancing, short films and night markets running until March 4.

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"Each animal has different meanings, but we think people born in dog years are very honest, they're very loyal to friends", Mei Li, the marketing manager of Chinese Community Center in Houston, previously told Newsweek.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the ministry said: "KPDNKK would like to extend a million apologies for the publishing of the Chinese New Year advertisement".

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In China and South Korea, the tradition of eating dog meat goes back at least 400 years according to Government statistics. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle.

The Chinese New Year promotion program is co-hosted by Destination B.C., Tourism Canada, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Richmond and Tourism Victoria.

However, unless you're studying Mandarin, it's probably just common sense to say "Happy New Year". You still had some here and there, but it wasn't anywhere near the scale of years past. This tradition has quickly adapted to technology with the use of "red envelope apps" for the easy transfer of cash.

For the Year of the Dog, the CCTV show succeeded in uniting top pop stars Faye Wong and Na Ying on stage together for the first time in two decades. Celebratory meals consisting of eight courses, including a whole fish, during the festival are seen as bringing good luck, the Morning Post said. They said items are often too literal and miss the nuances of Chinese culture.

Thailand is expecting 300,000 tourists from China during this year's holiday.

Since the festival is celebrated in the neighboring countries as well it has different names in different areas.

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