January 29th is the start of the New Year celebrations
for the Chinese Year of the Dog. The Year of the Dog
is Year 4704 based on Chinese lunar calendar.
Each Chinese new year has an element and this Dog
year's element is Fire. The color is Red.
I'm tempted to make a Red Fire Dog to celebrate the
Chinese New Year and use up the canes from the Tomato
Young artists in Singapore with their Year of the Dog clay artwork.
Garie from Singapore writes:
"Here's more information about the Red Fire Dog,
The Year 2006 (Red Dog) is the 4703rd Chinese year. The Chinese believe
that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor
of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will
4703rd year on February 4th, 2006. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60
Stem-Branch counting systems and the Red Dog is the 23rd Stem-Branch in
Since 4700 = (60 *78) + 23, therefore this Red Dog Year is the 4703rd
Some web sites say the year 2006 is the 4704th Chinese year. If you
cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow
inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the calendar of Yellow
King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year. So the first
winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st
means nothing to Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C.
for a year, then year 2006 is the 4704th Chinese year.
All this planning for Chinese New Year makes me hungry for dumplings.
Click to see how big
these really are.