Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

On Friday, February 16, the Chinese culture celebrated Chinese New Year.  The celebration for Chinese New Year lasted for over two weeks and it takes place on different dates each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is celebrated with explosions of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching the traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve,, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day. Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day, but now that teens have phones with red envelope apps, their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

 

In 2018, the year of the animal was a dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12- year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs. According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth and the animal this represents determines a lot about your personality traits. Although each of the twelve animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties and 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958. Anyone who is born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

 

The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means ‘born resembling’, are arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years. However, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle, which falls anytime between January 21st and February 20th.

 

Which Chinese zodiac animal am I?
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

Dog: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
Pig: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959