Chinese New Year event is free to the public

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the Delaware Chinese American Association as they host a Chinese New Year celebration in the auditorium at Dickinson High School, 1801 Milltown Road, Pike Creek, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m.

The celebration features traditional Chinese vocal and performing arts, Chinese opera, variety shows, a Chinese artifact exhibit, door prizes, and Chinese snacks, as well as the dedication of several civic awards. 

The New Year celebration is organized by the DCAA, the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, and the UD Chinese Students and Scholar Association.

The DCAA New Year celebration is free and everyone is welcome.

According to travelchinaguide.com, the Year of the Dog is the 11th of a 12 year animal cycle. Year of the Dog birth years include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018, with 2030 and 2042 the two following.

Dog is man's best friend who can understand the human spirit and obey its master, regardless of wealth or fortune, according to the site.

Dogs are considered most auspicious; when one enters a home, it symbolizes the coming of fortune.

According to Chinese zodiac analysis, people born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.

They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. These shining characteristics make them have harmonious relationship with people around.

For more information, visit dcaadelaware.org.