China celebrates New Year (Year of the Dog)

Happy New Year!

Today (February 16) marks the Chinese New Year, one of the world’s most celebrated events.

More than 1.4 billion people around the world celebrate the arrival of the New Year according to the traditional lunar calendar.

The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is celebrated all around the world, but the main festivities are in China, with significant occurences in other Asian countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Such is the significance of the celebration that on its eve (15 February), most Chinese workers leave the office early to join their families for hearty meals.

Millions of Chinese that live outside the country also travel back home for this important celebration.

According to the Chinese 12-animal zodiac system, 2018 is the Year of the Dog – succeeding the Year of the Rooster, and preceding the Year of the Pig.

The Year of the Dog is considered a special one as the animal is seen as a symbol of loyalty and honesty.

According to the Chinese zodiac signs, people born in the Year of the Dog are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward.

Also, seeing as 2018 ends with an 8, the year is expected to be one full of success, since in certain Chinese dialects the word ‘eight’ is similar to the sound of the word ‘fortune.’