Happy New Year! We get to celebrate again as we welcome in the Chinese New Year. This is the largest event and longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. Many cities across China are eagerly awaiting the Year of the Dog; an animal which symbolises luck.
As an acupuncture practitioner, I am captivated by its history which originated in China, allowing us to use natural methods to treat a wide range of conditions.
China is steeped in century old traditions and customs and due to the many religions practiced in the country, it is wonderfully diverse.
When is Chinese New Year?
In 2018 Chinese New Year will fall on Friday, 16 February and celebrations will last for over two weeks. The date of the new year changes each year as it is based on the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Chinese astrology has a 12 year cycle and each year is related to an animal, with 2018 being the Year of the Dog. Other years that celebrated the Year of the Dog are 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006.
Is the Dog Your Totem?
A dog is a fun loving, loyal companion who is eager to please, with a natural instinct and a unique ability to detect fear; they will tread with caution. A dog will warn of trouble ahead and protect those held dear. Responding well to praise, love and affection a dog will not leave your side and they love unconditionally.
A dog is keen to learn new tricks and has incredible strength and determination. There is a sense of adventure with them because if you take your eye off them for too long they may be up to a little mischief, wondering off into a world of their own.
If you’re born in the Year of the Dog then we know your bark is much worse than your bite…you playful thing!
How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?
During the festivities, families will come together and wish each other peace and prosperity. Red packets containing money will be handed to children in the hopes of giving the receiver a year of good fortune. In some regions, married couples will give these packets to unmarried friends to transfer luck.
However you choose to celebrate, have a fantastic new year!