2018 Chinese New Year—The year of Dog
The Chinese zodiac is made up of twelve signs, the signs are cycled through every twelve years, and the dog is the eleventh sign. Additionally, each year is designated by one of five earthly substances referred to as “elements,” which include gold (also called metal), wood, water, fire, and earth. 2018 will specifically be an Earth Dog year.
Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the first lunar month, which is Lantern Festival. Among these days, the most important activity is family reunion dinner on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, which is Feb. 15 this year. Other celebration traditions include red-envelop for kids, posting Spring Festival Couplets, relative visits, hanging red lanterns, and fireworks.