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