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The Chinese Year of the Dog Kicks Off With Massive Celebrations in Helsinki Center

The Long Yun Martial Arts Group was established in 2006 by movie star Jackie Chan. In the picture, the group performs Taiji movements during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Helsinki on February 15, 2018. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

It’s the Year of the Dog, if you ask the Chinese population in Helsinki.

The year was received with a massive outdoor event at Keskuskatu in the center of Helsinki. Dozens of performances took the stage, which rose high next to the Ateneum Art Museum.

The Chinese astrology represents a cycle of 12 years with each year being represented by an animal and its attributes. So, for people born in 2018, the lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9; the lucky colors are red, green and purple; the lucky flowers are the rose and cymbidium orchids.

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There are several types of dogs. During the previous Dog year in 2006, the zodiac represented a fire dog, which is intelligent, hardworking and sincere. In 2018, the dog is called Earth Dog, which is communicative, serious and responsible in work.

In Finland, there are somewhat 10,000 people with a Chinese background. The Chinese New Year was celebrated for the 12th time and was arranged in collaboration with the Chinese capital, Peking.

The New Year celebrations will end in fireworks at the Töölö Bay, scheduled to start at 20:20 in the evening.

The Finlandia Hall honors the Chinese New Year in red and white colors. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

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