Chineese new year

Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

Chineese new year

After the confusing and tumultuous year that was 2017, everyone seems to be looking forward to a better and brighter 2018! What better way to celebrate and predict the coming months than with the Chinese New Year.

When is Chinese New Year 2018?

As it’s based on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is on a different date every year. This year the Chinese New Year begins on 18th February. Chinese New Year celebrations in Dublin are set to be a colourful mix of food markets, performances, workshops, and much more!

 Chinese dragons, Chinese new year

What Does Year of the Dog mean?

Closely linked to the Chinese New Year is the Chinese Zodiac. If you were born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018 you were born in the Year of the Dog, and are said to have many personality traits associated with this zodiac.

Year of the Dog – Chinese Zodiac 2018

Not only are there different animals to represent each New Year, but there are also different types of each animal! 2018 is the year of the “Earth Dog”, the first Earth Dog year since 1958.

Chinese new year, Year of the Dog

Personality traits of Earth Dogs are: good communicators, solemn, responsible and organised. Their lucky numbers are 3, 4, and 9. Famous Earth Dogs include Michael Jackson and Madonna! Of their “unlucky” elements, the unlucky direction for Earth Dogs is southeast, although we’re not sure how you would go about avoiding that one!

Chinese New Year Predictions – What will 2018 bring?

So with all these confusing lucky and unlucky symbols, what fortune or misfortune will befall us in 2018 Year of the Dog?

Animal of the chinese zodiac, Chinese new year
Animal of the chinese zodiac, sepia textured paper background

It’s looking like a mixed bag for those of us who were born in the Year of the Dog this year; the advice ranges from making investments to staying in your current job and not to take any financial risk. Similarly in the love department, those already married should watch out for “third parties” but those who are thinking of getting married should take the plunge!

Whatever advice you decide to take on board, enjoy the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations and remember the comforting Chinese proverb, “one happy event can counteract three disasters”. So let’s hope this is a year of happy events all round!

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