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Bettie Sarantos Welcomes the Year of the Dog

The oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival known in the West as the Chinese New Year. The date is determined by the lunar/solar calendar so the date of the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. It arrives with the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. Like the West, the East has a zodiac but the Eastern
system has a cycle of twelve years, instead of months. The Chinese apply the five elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar. This year the element associated with the Dog is Earth.


Dog years are considered filled with prosperity but only after determination and hard work. Fights for the weak and underprivileged will take place all year and moral issues will be of major concern. There will be moments of pleasure since many of the best entertainers were born in the Year of the Dog.