Year of the Dog

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Literally Happy New Year in Chinese. We are more familiar with Gung Hay Fat Choy, Cantonese for “wishing you great happiness and prosperity”.  In predominantly Mandarin-speaking China, most people say Gong Xi Fa Cai – “wishing you prosperity in the coming year”.

Unlike the Gregorian New Year, which happens on the same day of every year, the Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar new year, starts on the new moon closest to the midpoint between January 21 and February 20. This year, it falls on February 16th. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is a celebration approximately 23 days long ending on the Lantern Festival, a topic on its own.

Each year, we hear of it being “the year of” a certain zodiac sign because the 12-animal cycle zodiac is significant in Chinese years. This year, 2018, is the year of Gou (Dog). Other years included in this sign are 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006. According to the workings of this zodiac, the year your sign comes up is unlucky for you. By the way, it comes every 12 years so you have plenty of time to think of ways to fend off bad fortune from one year to the next. Kidding aside, have no fear, the remedy is already in place. It’s as simple as wearing something red throughout the entire year! This can be anything from clothing to accessories and who knows you might even attract good luck.

If you are curious about what’s in store for you this year, you might want to check your horoscope here. The site also has in-depth information about the Chinese New Year. Again Gung Hay Fat Choy and Gong Xi Fa Cai! Because it never hurts to ensure good fortune.

Chinese New Year, Lanterns

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