Chinese Year 2018 – The Year of Dog
The Chinese version of New Year kicks off in mid-Feb this year. The most exciting part of the Chinese New Year is different animals named after each year, under which the celebration is done. The Chinese New Year 2018 will be celebrated on February 16 and will continue for next two weeks. It is one of the most exciting weeks where tourists from different countries visit to witness the extravaganza of the New Year parades, performances and other attractions.
How Chinese New Year 2018 will be celebrated?
As mentioned above, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with great enthusiasm and this year also the grand celebration spirit of the people will continue. It is one of the events when people take to the streets with parades and various other activities. The event involves bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching lion dances on the streets. And yes ofcourse, the world renowned “Great Golden Dragon Parade” that follows. As a part of the celebration, families come together for the feast on the eve and clean their homes to keep bad fortune away.
Children enjoy the event gracefully. They are given red envelopes stuffed with luck money and positive wishes. The entire country lights up with enthusiasm for the two weeks. Be it the small town/village or big city, Chinese people welcome the New Year with great positivity.
Chinese New Year 2018 – The year of Dog
As per the Chinese zodiac, the New Year animal will be the “dog” for 2018 and people born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 have Dog zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle. The sign of the animal represents the personality traits of the person. For every dozen years, 12 animals get their outings as a zodiac sign. As per the Chinese zodiac, people who are born under Dog sign are communicative, serious and responsible.
The Myth behind the Dog Zodiac Sign:
Dog falls as the eleventh of all zodiac animals and is considered as the purest form. According to the myth, the Jade Emperor once said the order of zodiac will be decided by the order of animals that arrive at his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country to help god defeat evil spirits. However, when the party was set, all three animals arrived at the same time. So, the emperor went by the order when they met the god. This way Dog became the eleventh.
Today, people who pet dogs name them “Wang Cai”, which means “prosperous wealth”. People who are born with Dog sign carry the loyalty character, which the dog is known for. So the kids who are born in 2018 will be honest and hardworking.
If you haven’t witnessed the grandness of the Chinese New Year, then don’t miss it this year and welcome the new year in the Chinese way this time.