Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Year of the Dog!

Posted by Sapphire. January 11th 2018.

The Chinese New Year is coming up, and 2018 marks the Year of the Dog!

In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle. The dog is the eleventh animal in the cycle. The previous Year of the Dog was in 2006.

However, the dog zodiac sign is considered unlucky in Chinese astrology. So it’s bad news for those born in the Year of the Dog!

Your Chinese zodiac sign is derived from your birth year. This is according to the Chinese lunar calendar which moves each year between the 21st January and the 20th February.

Chinese New Year - Multi-coloured Chinese lanterns

Attributes of a dog

Those born in the year of the dog are said to be:

  • Loyal
  • Honest
  • Amiable
  • Kind
  • Cautious
  • Prudent
  • Born with a good nature.

The different types of dog

There are five types of dog associated with each of the five elements: Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth.

2018 is the year of the Earth Dog. Attributes of an Earth Dog are being communicative, serious, and responsible in work. Other famous Earth dogs include Madonna and Michael Jackson.

The history of the Chinese New Year

Zodiac animals were traditionally used in China to date the years. The full 12 animals that make up the cycle are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.  These animals were chosen as they were either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or for their lucky meanings.

The Chinese New Year cycle is a fixed order according to Yin and Yang Theory and the animal’s perceived attributes. They are based on the odd or even number of the animal’s claws and arranged into an alternative and complementary yin-yang sequence.

Each animal has a symbolic meaning which comes in six contrasting pairs that must be harmonised. The ancient Chinese gave each animal a symbolic meaning. A dog visiting a home is seen as a symbol of fortune.

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