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Day Four: Red Dog Day


Nimen hao! Yesterday it was lions, and today it's dogs! We're well into our run up toward the Chinese New Year now, and this is a part of the festivities that I, for one, wish we had built into Christmas over here in the west. But more on that in a moment.


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The Dog Days

Red Dog Day.jpgThe red dog is also known as the God of the Blazing Wrath in Chinese culture, which makes for an ominous day. So to help minimise the chance of being on the receiving end of all that bad luck, it's traditional for people to stay at home on the third day of the New Year celebrations, and to not receive any visitors.


I know what you're thinking. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to start a brand new project, when you know you've got the day off work and that no one is going to be hanging on the door bell!


So give us your thoughts on the perfect project to start on this magical day of social solitude. It can be anything you like -- a smaller one day project, or a good sprint start on something more ambitious. How would your perfect Red Dog Day shape up?