Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations Year of the Dog (see video below).
Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. Tied to the Chinese lunar calendar, the holiday was traditionally a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.
The Years of the Dog included 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018. Dog is man’s good friend who can understand the human’s spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, or simply the Lunar New Year, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the start of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20. The upcoming year of the Dog commences on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Year of The Dog Cruises
- Cunard Line offers dog-friendly cruises aboard Queen Mary 2. “The kennel programme is available on all Transatlantic Crossings between New York and Southampton in either direction, and is managed by a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of responsibilities such as feeding, walking and cleaning the ship’s 12 spacious kennels. Travelling dogs and cats also receive a complimentary gift pack. The kennels and adjacent indoor and outdoor walking areas are open throughout the day, enabling guests to spend significant time with their pets. Reservations for the kennels may be made at time of booking, and are based on availability. Contact Cunard for fees, details and additional requirements. All animals must be in compliance with the Pets Travel Scheme and in possession of a pet passport.”
- Cunard – Are service animals/guide dogs welcome? “Cunard is pleased to permit individuals to bring service animals on board. You must provide notice of this at time of booking. Local laws or customs may prevent animals from disembarking at particular ports or countries. It is the guest’s responsibility to consult local customs authorities for requirements and to obtain all applicable documents and health certificates. Service animals are kept in staterooms with their owners. Non-service animals are only carried on Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings, in kennels, and are not allowed to visit any guest area of the ship.”
- On October 21, 2018, Hornblower Cruises of San Diego is offering a Bow Wow Bruise Cruise. “Dogs are invited to the exclusive Bow Wow Buffet! The 10th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is offered to help raise money and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. This cruisenot only helps helpless animals, it puts smiles on the faces of many dog lovers in San Diego.”
- BayWatch Dolphin Tours in Galveston, Texas, offers hour-long sightseeing cruises on the Galveston Harbor. Pets are welcome on every dolphin cruise and private charter, and they always ride free.
- Potomac Riverboat Company has a seasonal Canine Cruise that operates every Thursday, from June to September. Cruises depart from the Alexandria, Virginia, marina aboard the “Admiral Tilp.” Dogs ride free on the 40-minute tour of the Alexandria Harbor.
- The Great Lakes region offers several scenic cruises, but only two are pet-friendly. Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruises operates out of Frankfort, Michigan, offering two- to three-hour, mid-morning and sunset cruises. Leashed pets are allowed on both cruises; owners are responsible for cleanup. Sights include Frankfort Harbor and Point Betsie lighthouses, and on-shore wildlife such as black bear, cougars, bald eagles and white-tailed deer.
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- Wikipedia – Chinese New Year