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America’s New Year festivities might be over, but China is just getting started! Chinese New Year, one of China’s most important festivals, falls on Feb. 16. The spring festival celebrated across China honors the heavenly and household deities of the culture, bringing families together for feasts and celebrations.
Each Chinese New Year ties to the ancient Chinese zodiac calendar, making 2018 the Year of the Dog – specifically the Earth Dog. Apart from being loyal and kind like any dog, the Earth Dog is communicative, serious, and responsible in work. As China comes together to revere the Earth Dog, fashionistas and foodies can pay tribute to man’s best friend with these five ways to celebrate.
Sparkle with Good Fortune
Ring in the Chinese New Year and pay tribute to the Year of the Dog with Tiffany & Co.’s iconic zodiac charm. The dog is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and represents the smart and faithful. The 18K gold charm, designed by Paloma Picasso, is a must-have accessory for a golden and bright beginning.
Dog Charm at Tiffany & Co., $1,750
Shop Shanghai Style
From handbags to festive red attire, brands are pulling out all of the stops for Year of the Dog. Stroll through the mall and find exciting window displays like Louis Vuitton’s, as well as fashion-forward pieces from brands like Hugo Boss and Gucci. Add a touch of luck to your wardrobe and make a statement in bold red hues to honor the Year of the Dog.
City Steamer MM Bag at Louis Vuitton, $3,385
Women’s Ace Embroidered Sneaker at Gucci, $670
BOSS Exclusive Chinese New Year Cotton T-Shirt at Hugo Boss, $115
Calling All Beauty Addicts
Pack your favorite beauty products away in Diane von Furstenberg’s adorable cosmetic pouch. Complete with a dog motif, the petite bag features 100% nappa leather in fig, mauve, and red hues. The canine appliqué and exposed gold-tone zipper make this cosmetic bag the perfect keepsake to tuck away your Chinese New Year Le Rouge Givenchy lipstick.
Cosmetic Pouch at Diane von Furstenberg, $148
Chinese New Year Le Rouge Lipstick at Givenchy, $40
A Sugar Fix for the Sweet Tooth
Let your taste buds welcome the Year of the Dog with Sugarfina’s delectable Chinese New Year Candy Bento Box. Open the limited-edition red and gold foil lantern box and find two candies to bring good fortune in the New Year: Peach Blossom gummies and shimmering Gold Chocolate Pearls. What better way to welcome sweet beginning than a little sugar?
Chinese New Year Bento Box at Sugarfina, $20
Food is a celebratory and ceremonial aspect of the Chinese New Year. On various days during the 15-day celebration, it’s customary to indulge in feasts. In some regions, it’s even customary to provide food offerings to Chinese deities like the Jade Emperor. Most notably, Nian Ye Fan is a reunion dinner featuring eight symbolic dishes to be enjoyed by the entire family held on New Year’s Eve.
Get a taste of Asian culture in Aventura by experiencing Chinese-inspired cuisine at The BŌL, a restaurant opening in the Treats Food Hall just in time for the Chinese New Year. Expand your palate with regional selections prepared using signature wok-cooking styles. The fragrant flavors will add a taste of authenticity to your New Year celebrations.
Photo Courtesy of The BŌL