Today marks the Chinese New Year - a momentous annual occasion and celebration for people across the globe.
This year, people everywhere are celebrating the Year of the Dog. Interestingly, the Year of the Dog has actually not occurred since 1958.
In Chinese culture, a different animal is assigned to each lunar year. And it seems as though 2018 is set to be a lucky one! As the dog is considered a lucky animal in Chinese culture.
A dogs’ loyal nature and responsibility towards their owner is considered good luck in the Chinese culture. And in ancient Chinese history, whether or not your dog barked was thought to be a marker of good or bad luck.
In particular, poodles are thought to be particularly lucky. And if you own a dog with yellow coats – apparently, you can also expect a bit of good fortune.
While dogs have long been considered a symbol of luck in Chinese culture, they’ve even considered to be a force in driving away bad luck, if folklore is to be believed.
The zodiac signs move in 12 year cycles, meaning those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and, of course 2018, are also born in the Year of the Dog.
According to Chinese beliefs, the year in which you were born could reveals a lot about your personality.
So which one are you?
If you were born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, you are: Rat
If you were born in 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, you are: Ox
If you were born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, you are: Tiger
If you were born in 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, you are: Rabbit
If you were born in 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, you are: Dragon
If you were born in 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, you are: Snake
If you were born in 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, you are: Horse
If you were born in 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, you are: Goat
If you were born in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, you are: Monkey
If you were born in 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, you are: Rooster
If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 2018, you are: Dog
If you were born in 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, you are: Pig
While rats are apparently resourceful and quick-witted, dragons are said to be confident and intelligent. Dogs, as mentioned, are also said to be loyal and honest.
Those born in the year of the horse are said to be active, energetic and humours. And people who are snakes, are said to be wise and great at communication.
Ox’s are purported to be honest, diligent and stubborn, while tigers are said to be brave and confident, but competitive.
If you’re a goat, it’s thought that you are kind and gentle, but with a strong sense of justice. And if you’re a monkey – apparently, you are smart and witty, but very mischevious. Which seems to make sense!
Are you a rooster? If so, you might well be a bit of perfectionist, although you’re also decisive and intelligent. Pigs are considered happy, easygoing and honest – although sometimes a little lazy.
And finally, rabbits are said to be creative and compassionate. And, like the animal themselves, they apparently prefer the company of others.
So which one are you?