Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the dog

Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the dog

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Centered around a 3500-year-old lunar calendar, the Chinese zodiac is a wheel of time represented by 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Today is the first day of the Year of the Dog so it’s not surprising that the dogs on Instagram are going barking mad all over the world. Wherever there’s a Chinese New Year celebration, our four-legged friends are sure to be making the most of their time on earth.

Year of the dog Chinese New Year songs

When is Chinese New Year 2018?

Each year, Chinese New Year starts on a different date on the western calendar. The start of Chinese New Year is determined by the new moon that occurs between January 21 and February 20. Chinese New Year 2018 begins on 16 February. A month in the Chinese calendar is 28 days long and an average year has between 353 and 355 days.

Where will I find a Chinese New Year party?

Chinese New Year is a major celebration throughout Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Macao, (here’s how to experience the Macao Chinese New Year fun) Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea and the Philippines. But it’s also celebrated elsewhere around the world, especially in any country or city where there’s a Chinatown.

Will the Year of the Dog bring good luck? 

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Not if you were born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the dog (that’s 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006).

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the dog!!

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Year of the Dog people are likely to face a spot of bad luck! According to Chinese culture, those born under the same Zodiac sign of that year usually have a challenging year.

Some Feng Shui masters are predicting difficult relationships at work for those born in the Year of the Dog during 2018. But most Chinese astrologers are united in predictions for Donald Trump’s presidency during the Year of the Dog. Born in 1946, the US President is a Fire Dog and, according to the Chinese Zodiac, he could face a major political crisis.

Other famous people born in the Year of the Dog

Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include Donald Trump, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Mother Teresa, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Ana Torroja, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Judi Dench, and Mariah Carey.

Best travel destinations during the Year of the Dog

1- Japan

2- Macao

According to Hong Kong feng shui master Tong Wong in this post, Macao is an auspicious travel destination for those born in the year of the tiger, rat, snake, horse and monkey.

3- Singapore

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This Westie is having a dog of a time checking out the 68 giant pups named for good fortune (Lucky, Harmony and Happy pictured above) on Orchard Road.

4- Thailand

The Chinese New Year 2018 animal is the second last in the cycle, so make the most of your travels in Thailand, which is a country that has a large Thai/Chinese population.

5- China

Home to one of the oldest civilisations, where Chinese New Year began, of course, you should visit China during the Year of the Dog.

6- Nepal

Nepal’s Toyhar Festival is a five-day event that worships dogs. In the Hindu religion, dogs are messengers for the god of demise and guardians to the doors of Heaven. During the festival (14 November), dogs are worshipped with incense sticks and garlands.

7- Australia

According to Malaysian feng shui master Yap Boh Chu here, Australia is an auspicious destination for those born in the Year of the Ox ( 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961 and 1949).

8- Canada

Canada has a large population of Asian Canadians, especially in Vancouver. Celebrating Chinese New Year in Vancouver attracts thousands of people.

9- USA

10- UK

If you know of a destination we should add to the list, leave a comment below.

How to say Happy New Year in Chinese? 

In Mandarin, it’s gong xi fa cai and in Cantonese, gong hey fat choi. Happy travels during the Year of the Dog!

#yearofthedog #catsofinstagram

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