2018 - Year of the Dog

BY :Molly Wong

UPDATED :February 13, 2018


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The Chinese New Year is now only a few days away. Unlike Christmas and the New Year in the West, the Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year because it is based on the lunar calendar. Because of this, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February.

In Chinese astrology, each year in the 12-year cycle is related to an animal. The dog is second to last in this cycle, coming after the rooster, but before the pig.

When is the 2018 Chinese New Year?

On the Western calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16, 2018. This is one of the most colorful events in the Chinese calendar, with celebrations of all kinds lasting for nearly two weeks.

For those born in a dog year, the following are deemed lucky for you:
Lucky numbers:  3, 4, 9 and the numbers containing them (e.g. 34 and 49)
Lucky days:  the 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
Lucky colors:  red, green and purple
Lucky flowers:  rose, boat orchid
Lucky directions:  east, south and northeast
Lucky months:  the 6th, 10th and 12th Chinese lunar months

Dog years: Are you a dog?

People born in the following date ranges are said to be born in the Year of the Dog.

Five types of dog: Which one are you?

According to long held Chinese superstition, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: earth, fire, water, wood and gold. This means a specific element only occurs once in a 60-year cycle. Although each animal comes around every 12 years, there are still five separate varieties and 2018 will be the first year of the earth dog since 1958.

Some people still believe that a person's characteristics are influenced by their birth year's animal sign and element. For a dog year, there are five types of dogs, each with different characteristics:

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

The New Year celebrations are an explosion of light and sound – firework displays and traditional lion dances are particularly spectacular.

Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve. They then proceed to clean their houses on New Year's Day, in order to sweep away bad fortune.

Youngsters are given red envelopes containing lucky money on New Year's Day. Some teenagers now even have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

Famous people born in the Year of the Dog