Chinese New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays throughout Asia. It follows the Chinese lunar calendar, causing it to fall on a different date each year. It starts on the second moon of the winter solstice and ends on the full moon, about 15 days later. This year Chinese New Year begins on February 16, 2018. Here’s all you need to know about the lunar new year 2018.
Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog
2018 is the year of the Dog. The Chinese calendar is like the western zodiac in that it has 12 sections. Chinese Zodiac also adds an animal to each year, on a 12-year rotation. The Dog occupies the 11th section.
Your zodiac animal would be a Dog if you were born in the years: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018.
People born in the year of the Dog are considered to be kind, cautious, loyal, honest, and enjoy an active lifestyle. They’re supposed to be good-natured, ready to help others, but not good communicators.
Chinese New Year 2018 at a Glance
Chinese New Year: February 16, 2018
Lucky colors: green, red and purple
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky flowers: cymbidium orchids, rose
Years of birth: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, or 2018
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Much like people prepare for Christmas or Thanksgiving, preparation for Chinese New Year starts eight days before Chinese New Year’s day. Traditionally, activities include cleaning, decorating, and shopping for gifts, and food.
After eights days of preparation then comes Spring Festival, lasting from February 16-26th. The celebration actually starts on New Year’s Eve, (Feb 15), with a reunion feast. Families gather for what’s considered the most important meal of the year. Food is at the center of the celebration, including family favorites and traditions dishes. Children receive red envelopes usually stuffed with money, waiting up until midnight to mark the New Year.
Chinese New Year’s Day, February 16, is marked with fireworks. It’s beginning of Spring Festival, an 11-day celebration, filled activities between family and friends.
Lastly, the holiday culminates with Lantern Festival from February 27-March 2. During these days, activities include lighting lanterns, lion dances, and eating rice balls.
Learn more about Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year Animals: A Complete Guide
- Chinese New Year Traditions and Origin Story
- 8 Traditional Chinese New Year Foods
- 18 Facts About Chinese New Year to Impress Your Friends
- Decoration Checklist for Chinese New Year