A few more sleeps and we will be into a new Lunar Year which encompasses our dearly beloved friend, the Dog.
Each New Year in the Chinese Zodiac, which covers a 12 year cycle, represents one animal for that year. It is believed that each person has the characteristics resembling the animal in the year they were born.
The Lunar New Year (China) can fall between January 21st to February 20th and 2018 Lunar Year will be Friday, 16th February.
So, to all the folk born in the year of the Dog (1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018) this 2018 is a Dog year and it’s YOUR Year!! So, Happy Dog New Year to you all. Woof, woof.
As we all know, a man’s best friend is a Dog. They can understand our needs and emotions and are loyal and devoted.
The Chinese believe Dogs are auspicious animals that bring good luck so best head out and get that Tatts Ticket! And make sure you use the Dog’s Lucky Numbers which are 3, 4 and 9.
Characteristics of Dog
People born in the Year of the Dog are known to be clever, brave, sincere, loyal, responsible, independent, lively and decisive. They are tough and hardy and get on well with others. They also tend to be a bit conservative and stubborn, sensitive and emotional.
Why do the Chinese value dogs?
Stray dogs that approach a house symbolises good fortune to the family.
Dogs are very loyal to their master despite the owner being rich or poor.
Dogs bark to warn people if an intruder is nearby.
The Chinese many years ago would use the number of a dog’s bark to predict good or bad luck.
Dogs were also seen in Chinese mythology, fighting monsters and enemies. Due to this some minorities forbid dog meat to be eaten. (We hope this habit is taken all over China!!)
Chinese New Year Calendar
The Chinese Lunar calendar includes the Chinese zodiac which is a cycle of twelve stations/signs that follow the Sun’s path throughout the Cosmos.
Each new year is marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiac animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig
How were the animals chosen in the Chinese Zodiac?
One of the most popular stories is this one. Long ago in ancient days of China, the Jade Emperor announced 12 animals would join in the Chinese calendar and said he’d select the first 12 that arrive at his gates. Cats in early days were friends with rats and both wanted to join the calendar. The cat was worried he’d sleep in so asked the rat to wake him but the rat forgot to do so, as he was so excited to leave and went alone. The rat met up with the tiger, ox, horse and other larger animals – all much faster than him. He asked the ox for a ride on his back and promised to sing all the way there. However, when the ox arrived first, the rat ran in front of him and was the first animal blessed. Sadly, the selection was over by the time the cat arrived and the cat was very angry. That is why cat’s always run after rats, trying to kill them.
What does your Chinese zodiac sign mean?
In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics.
- Rat: Intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, artistry, greagariousness.
- Ox: Loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strenghth, reasonability, steadiness, determination.
- Tiger: Enthusiasm, courage, ambition, leadership, confidence, charisma.
- Rabbit: Trustworthyness, empathy, modesyt, diplomacy, sincerity, sociability.
- Dragon: Luckiness, flexibility, eccentricity, imagination, artistry, spirituality, charisma.
- Snake: Philosophical, organised, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
- Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.
- Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
- Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
- Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
- Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
- Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.
The Chinese Zodiac Clock
Few know of this Chinese zodiac animal clock. Have a look at how it works:
The Chinese clock:
- Rat: 11pm-1am
- Ox: 1am-3am
- Tiger: 3am-5am
- Rabbit: 5am-7am
- Dragon: 7am-9am
- Snake: 9am-11am
- Horse: 11am-1pm
- Goat: 1pm-3pm
- Monkey: 3pm-5pm
- Rooster: 5pm-7pm
- Dog: 7pm-9pm