Home   Calendar   Chinese Zodiac

2018: Year of the Dog — Chinese Animal Signs

Friday, February 16, 2018 is Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac.

A purebred adult chow chow.

Chow chows come from China

The chow chow is an ancient dog breed from China and is one of the oldest races which still exists today.

©iStockphoto.com/VKarlov

The dog is one of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac (Shēngxiào, or 生肖), which is based on a 12-year cycle. The Year of the Dog begins on Chinese New Year, ending the year of the Rooster.

People born in the Year of the Dog are traditionally considered to be loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, and warm-hearted.

2019: Year of the Pig

The following year in the Chinese zodiac is the Year of the Pig, which starts on Monday, February 5, 2019.

What Year Is What Animal?

The Zodiac starts with the Year of the Rat and cycles continuously through the 12 signs.

Black and white illustration of a dogBlack and white illustration of a pigillustration of a rabbitillustration of a tigerillustration of a ratillustration of a dragon

12 Animals and 5 Elements

Each of the 12 years in the Chinese Zodiac cycle is represented by an animal and is associated with one of five elemental signs: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. The year of the dog is associated with Earth.

Zodiac and Human Connections

According to the Chinese Zodiac, your birth year tells you more than just your age. Not only is one's personality affected by the animal associated with their birth year, but the compatibility of their relationships also depends on their Zodiac.

Starts with Spring Festival

In China, the start of a new year is celebrated with a Spring Festival, the biggest holiday of the year. Traditionally, people give their house a big spring clean and hang couplets on their doors. Couplets are poetic lines about spring and prosperity written in gold or black on red paper.

Setting off firecrackers is hugely popular, and children get hongbao, little red gifts with money inside, from older family members.

The Chinese Calendar

The animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac are calculated in accordance with the Chinese calendar, which is lunisolar and is based on astronomical observances of the Sun's longitude and the Moon's phases.

This calendar is older than the Gregorian calendar, which is used by most countries today. In fact, the Chinese calendar's origins can be traced as far back as the 14th century BCE.

Leap years in the Chinese calendar happen approximately every 3 years when they add a leap month.

Create Calendar With Holidays

Advertising

Calendars Worldwide

  1. Hindu Calendar
  2. Buddhist Calendar
  3. Islamic Calendar
  4. Jewish Calendar
  5. Persian Calendar
  6. Chinese Calendar
  7. Coptic Calendar
  8. Ethiopian Calendar
  9. Revised Julian Calendar
  10. Mayan Calendar

Is there a perfect calendar?

You might also like

What Is a Leap Year?

A leap year has 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has 365. Nearly every four years is a Leap Year, and we add a leap day, an extra day on February 29. more

Leap Day Birthdays

When do “leaplings” celebrate their birthdays – every year or only during leap years? more

February 30

February 30 actually existed at least twice in the past, according to historical records. more

Is There a Perfect Calendar?

Our calendar does not accurately reflect the length of a tropical year, the time it takes Earth to complete a full orbit around the Sun. Why is that so and are there other calendars that do a better job? more