Translation By Design’s Shih Tzus are stars of the Feast of Lanterns Cultural Festival

BixbyQuiqlySandra’s twin Shih Tzus, Bixby and Quigley, have been the un-official mascots of Translation By Design since she was given them 10 years ago. This past weekend, they were the stars of the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns Pet Parade!

For more than 100 years the City of Pacific Grove, California has held the annual “Feast of Lanterns” festival. It is meant to honor the cultural heritage of the first non-indigenous settlers of the area:  the Chinese, who first came to Pacific Grove in the mid-1800s. The weeklong festival welcomes thousands with streets and homes decorated with Chinese lanterns, family-friendly activities, a Chinese-style pageant, a Dragon Dance, and fireworks at Lover's Point Beach.

According to Wikipedia: The name Shih Tzu comes from the Chinese language word for "lion" because this kind of dog was bred to resemble "the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art."

Language and cultural significance aside, our president, Sandra DeLay, has always loved Shih Tzus. She is fond of pointing out, “They are the dog that would sit in the Emperor’s Sleeve." So it was fitting, as part of our sponsorship of the festival, that the daughter of a staff member hand-sewed little outfits and decorated a royal carriage (a pet stroller) to carry Bixby (dressed as Scholar Chang) and Quigley (dressed as Koong-Se) down the main street of Pacific Grove…to the delight of many!

Read more about their performance in the Monterey Herald:

*Translation By Design is headquartered in Pacific Grove, California. Less than a mile from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), which is widely recognized as the top Master’s level training program for translation and interpretation in the US.

**We would also like to point out that the festival is put on by volunteers and, while it has Chinese cultural advisors, most people recognize that it is not a perfect representation of Chinese culture. The organization works to make it better and more authentic each year.

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