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On Friday, February 8th, let’s bid farewell to the Dog and welcome the year of the Pig.  The 2019 Chinese New Year – the Year of the Pig – officially begins on Tuesday, February 5th. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar and celebrations normally last around 2 weeks!

The Chinese animal zodiac or sheng xiao, which means ‘born resembling’, are arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years. The animal changes at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally these animals were used to date the years. 

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place. The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch, and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang, the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

Celebrations at Chinois restaurant will include the traditional “Dance of the Dragons” by the members of the Chinese community in La Romana – a spectacular parade of dragons will dance to the beat of drums around the restaurant! 

This is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Chinois delicious food! Find below our coverage of last year’s celebrations and call ahead to make your reservations. Don’t miss it!

Year of the Dog Celebration at Chinois

On Saturday, February 24th, Chinois hosted a Chinese New Year celebration kicking off the year of the dog with traditions, delicious food and dragon dancing! Continue reading here


When: Friday February 8th, 7:30pm

Where: Chinois restaurant, La Romana

Cost: RD$1,000 plus taxes

Call NOW to make your reservations!


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Where: Calle Duarte, Restauración Street Corner, La Romana

Hours: 12pm – 11pm (open for lunch and dinner)

Tel: (809) 550-5977 , (809) 307-2729