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February 16, 2018
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is celebrated this weekend. Banana Leaf on Cambridge Street has some delicious ways to celebrate. Pic: [Facebook][1].

The Chinese New Year gets underway this week and we have a few mouth-watering suggestions for how to spend it.

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, it will soon be the year of the dog. Those born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 and 1958 can consider themselves dogs.

While that may not sound like the greatest of compliments, those born in the year of the dog have some admirable qualities.

Chinese New Year: dog days are here again

Apparently, they are likely to be upright, honest, modest, friendly and faithful.

They are also in good company. Other dogs include Prince William and Kate Middleton, Dame Judi Dench, Madonna, Justin Bieber and the late, great David Bowie.

In Glasgow, the Chinese community will be celebrating the New Year with a bash on George Square on Sunday afternoon.

Among other entertainment, there will be a dragon dance, lion dance, both Chinese musical instruments and bagpipes plus a martial arts display.

Tickets are free but limited.

While we call it Chinese New Year, many people in South East Asia will be celebrating this weekend. In fact, from Malaysia to Taiwan, a sixth of the world’s population will be having something of a hoolie over the next few days.

Book a restaurant with 5pm Dining

Many restaurants will be shut as the staff mark the celebration. However, you can browse and book Chinese and Pan Asian restaurants in Glasgow on 5pm Dining.

For example, at Obu Pan Asian restaurant in Princes Square on Friday, you could bag three tapas dishes from the lunch or early evening menu plus a drink for £13.95.

Or you could dine from the a la carte with a 20% discount when you book via 5pm Dining.

We have our eye on a table at Banana Leaf on Cambridge Street.

It is a cosy Malaysian Chinese place. The mixed seafood and tofu hotpot in oyster sauce sounds like the ideal thermal protection against the polar vortex which is said to be threatening our weather system.