The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, is fast approaching. The event begins on February 16 and lasts through early March.
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In Chinese culture, every year is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals — rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. 2018 is the year of the dog. Here's what you need to know about this very good year.
The Year of the Dog comes around every 12 years.
This isn't so special since the same is true of every animal in the Chinese zodiac. But if you're curious what other years have been of the dog, look to 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.
It might be bad luck if you were born in one of those years.
In Chinese culture, it's generally considered bad luck to be in the year of the zodiac animal from your birth year. So be on the lookout if you're a dog.
The dog has a special connection with China.
It's no surprise that the dog is one of the 12 animals honored with a place in the zodiac. According to Quartz, China was one of the first countries to have domesticated dogs from grey wolves.
What are people born in the year of the dog like?
Being born in the year of the dog is associated with dog-like characteristics. Loyalty, patience, and reliability are some of the amazing qualities believed to be possessed by people born in the year of the dog.
What to expect.
The dog is kind, efficient, and skilled in communication. The Chinese consider the dog to symbolize earth which contrasts the dominance of fire elements both in 2016 (the monkey) and 2017 (the rooster), which brought impulsiveness and disharmony.
This new year is expected to bring prosperity, especially to those who, like dogs, work hard and communicate well.