This year, the Chinese New Year is celebrated on Friday, February 16, 2018. The Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the new lunar year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. Each Lunar Year is represented by one of the five elements and one of the twelve zodiac animals. This Chinese New Year, we bid adieu to 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster, and say hello to 2018’s Earth Dog.
About the Earth Dog & Predictions for 2018
The Dog is idealistic, loyal, honest, and observant. Dogs tend to be born with a good nature; sincerity and friendliness are traits that you will never doubt with a dog. They are quick to lend a helping hand to those around them, and do so without any ulterior motives. However, dogs tend to take a simplistic good-and-evil view of the world, and therefore will feel incredibly shocked and wounded if they perceive any sort of betrayal.
Overall, the Year of the Dog is expected to bring fewer eccentricities and hasty decisions than the Year of the Rooster (2017). Dog Years—especially Earth Dog Years—are predicted to bring successes from the previous year, but maintain much more stability throughout the year. As the Dog is very loyal and honest, it is important to carry those traits into your life to earn the full benefits of the Dog Year. Listen carefully to your moral compass this year in particular; it will guide you in the right direction.
Symbols of Luck for the Dog
- Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, and 9
- Lucky Days: 7th and 28th of every Chinese lunar month
- Lucky Months: 6th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
- Lucky Colors: Red, Green, and Purple
- Lucky Directions: East, South, and Northeast
Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
- Feng Shui your home or office according to the Earth Dog.
Feng Shui is an ancient art used to bring good energy to your space (and subsequently, your life) by arranging your belongings in a way that aligns with the Bagua map. By using the symbols of luck for the Year of the Dog (above) and focusing on strengthening the Earth elements, you can bring an additional layer of good fortune to your home and life.
- Eat traditional Chinese meals of luck.
Meals like dumplings and spring rolls are said to bring wealth and prosperity in the New Year, while long noodles and fruits like tangerines and oranges bring longevity. Read more here to learn about lucky foods for the Chinese New Year.
- Hang up Chinese red lanterns.
In Chinese culture, the red lanterns are a symbol of prosperity and bright future. Hence these decorative elements are almost always used in Chinese New Year festivals and celebrations. Bring some good luck for the Year of the Dog to your home by hanging a few festive lanterns.
- Find local lantern festivals and cultural celebrations to participate in.
The Chinese New Year is celebrated with the two-week-long Spring Festival in China each year. This two-week celebration always ends in a magnificent Lantern Festival, which welcomes the New Year’s first full moon. Within the US, there are numerous local Chinese Lantern Festivals to celebrate the New Year.
Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign & Horoscope for Year of the Earth Dog
Each zodiac animal has its own personality and interactions with the Dog, therefore each other zodiac sign has a slightly different horoscope for this upcoming year. Check yours here!