New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the Dog
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New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the Dog

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the Dog

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the Dog

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogDragon parades and red lanterns are traditional to mark Chinese New Year Credit: PA

Did you think the New Year was already well under way? Well, today marks the start of the 2018 Chinese New Year.

With people around the world celebrating the Year of the Dog, here is what you need to know.

What is the date exactly?
This year it falls on 16 February, but there is no exact date for Chinese New Year – it arrives on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.

But it usually falls between 21 January and 20 February.

It is sometimes known as the Lunar New Year, and is celebrates all around Asia.

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogA Chinese community in Cambodia get in on the act Credit: AP

Why are the years represented by animals?

According to legend, the animals were chosen by the Jade Emperor, who ordered all the animals to come to him and selected the first 12 to arrive as the ones for the Chinese zodiac.

 

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogThis year is the year of the dog Credit: AP

What is the significance of the Year of the Dog?
The dog was late when the Jade Emperor made his call and is the 11th of the 12 zodiac signs.

People born in the year of the dog are supposed to be endowed with the attributes associated with the fidelity of the dog.

They are also considered simple and honest.

Their lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9; and the colors green, red and purple are also lucky.

Nothing else?
Not everything is positive: people born during the Year of the Dog can also be stubborn and obstinate, and slow to trust others.

And each of the 12 animals has variants associated with the elements – this year is the year of the Dog of the Earth, the first since 1958.

Terrestrial dogs are especially serious and can be very responsible at work.

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogA woman in Malaysia examines New Year decorations Credit: AP

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?
Typically with parades and fireworks. People will usually spend it with their families, clean their homes and often visit the temples for blessings.

Other New Year traditions include eating dumplings and giving red envelopes filled with money called “hongbao”.

 

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogSome people will visit temples to ask for a blessing Credit: AP

Is anything fun happening in the UK?
With nearly 200,000 Chinese people living in the UK there certainly will be.

In London, celebrations in Chinatown will begin on Sunday, with a two-hour parade planned featuring more than 50 dragon and lion teams.

There will also be a stage show in Trafalgar Square.

The traditional red lanterns will also be out in many other cities around the country, including Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, all of which are planning street events and fireworks displays.

 

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogEach year there are celebrations in London’s Chinatown Credit: PA

So was I born in the year of the dog?
You were if you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946 or 1934.

And if I wasn’t?
Then you will be one of these:

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
Pig – 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959

New Year Chinese 2018 What you need to know about the Year of the DogThe dog proves a popular animal for street vendors in China Credit: AP

And how do I say ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese?
Xin nian kuai le !

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