The Year of The Earth Dogs
What date is Chinese New Year 2018?
The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16.
The celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks – and if you fancy making a trip before the festivities end
Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year, because it is based on the lunar calendar.
New Year’s Day normally falls between January 21 and February 20.
Which animal represents 2018?
2018 will be the Year of the 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 born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
Chinese New Year – sometimes called Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – is the biggest event on the Chinese calendar.
Festivities held in the Chinese quarter of Birmingham are also among the city’s largest public celebrations.
Originally a time to honour the gods and ancestors and hold family gatherings and feasts, Chinese New Year is often seen by today’s younger generations as a holiday from work and a chance to relax and have fun.
What are the typical Chinese New year traditions?
One Chinese New Year tradition involves the older generation handing out red pockets (Hong Bao) filled with lucky money. These pockets are usually handed out to children or adults that are not married.
Throughout the Chinese New Year celebrations the colour red, a symbol of good luck and prosperity, plays an important part. Red decorations and lanterns are prominent in the streets, homes and offices throughout the celebrations.
The less enjoyable side of the customs is cleaning – sweeping is meant to rid the house of evil spirits, but families put away brooms on Chinese New Year’s Day to ensure they don’t accidentally sweep away good luck too.