Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is on February 16th, which is also known as the beginning of the Lunar New Year. This year we will celebrate the Year of the Dog. So what does that mean for you?

Oh my gosh, I remember as kid just pouring over these placemats at our favorite Chinese Restaurant. I would ask my parents which animal they were, and then move on to figure out my siblings animal too. Gosh, I think I even took one to school for show and tell. Clearly, I did not think about the fact most of us were born in the same year. Just imagine my surprise when my entire class was made up of rabbits and dragons. This is probably what fueled my desire to learn about the each of the zodiac houses. 

2018 is predicited to produce prosperity, especially for those who are proactive, work hard and communicate well. Chinese culture regards the dog as an auspicious animal, that can bring peace. In Chinese astrology, each physical year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal . They run in 12-year cycles, this year is the year of the dog- 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and looking ahead to 2030. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster (seen above as the Cock), and before the Boar (aka the Pig on some charts).

Taking a deeper look into people that are actually born in the year of the dog. There are several sub categories based upon your actual birth year. 2018 is classified as a Earth Dog year, and is considered a unlucky year for anyone born into the Earth Dog category. 

  • Wood Dog-1934, 1994, Honest, reliable, considerate, having a strong feeling for justice.
  • Fire Dog-1946, 2006- Kind-hearted, cautious, working in a down-to-earth way.
  • Earth Dog-1958, 2018- Persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth. 
  • Metal Dog-1910, 1970-Conservative, accommodating, strong sense of self-respect.
  • Water Dog-1922, 1982-Foresighted, responsible, but some self-centered.

If you’re born in any year of the Dog it is said that you get along with Horses & Tigers, but to watch out for Dragons. In Chinese culture the following things are deemed lucky for you:

  • Compatible Signs: Horse & Tiger
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9 and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 28th 
  • Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast

Things to avoid:

  • Incompatible Sign: Dragon
  • Unlucky colors: blue, white, gold
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7 and numbers containing them (like 16 and 67)
  • Unlucky direction: southeast 

It looks like the year of the Dog will be pretty good for most people, no matter what sign your fall into. Just incase you want to know a little more about your own Chinese Zodiac Sign, I have put together a quick reference sheet below to see which signs you are most compatible with. 

BOAR (PIG)

 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

  • Compatible Signs: Rabbit or Sheep Incompatible Sign: All other Boars
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and numbers containing them (like 25 and 58) Unlucky numbers: 1, 7
  • Lucky days: the 17th and 24th 
  • Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold  Unlucky color: red, blue, green
  • Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
  • Lucky direction: east and southwest  Unlucky direction: southeast

RAT

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

  • Compatible Signs: Dragon or Monkey Incompatible Sign: Horse
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 32) Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 13th 
  • Lucky colors: blue, gold, green  Unlucky color: yellow, brown
  • Lucky flowers: lily, African violet
  • Lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest Unlucky direction: south and southeast

OX

1925, 1937,1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

  • Compatible Signs: Snake or Rooster Incompatible Sign: Sheep
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 4, and numbers containing 1 and 4 (like 14 and 41) Unlucky numbers: 5 and 6
  • Lucky days: the 13th and 27th 
  • Lucky colors: white, yellow, and green Unlucky color: blue
  • Lucky flowers: tulip, morning glory, and peach blossom
  • Lucky direction: north and south Unlucky direction: southwest

TIGER

1926, 1938,1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

  • Compatible Signs: Horse or Dog Incompatible Sign: Monkey
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 3, and 4 and numbers containing them (like 13 and 43) Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 16th and 27th 
  • Lucky colors: blue, gray, orange Unlucky colors: brown
  • Lucky flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
  • Lucky direction: east, north, south Unlucky direction: southwest

RABBIT

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

  • Compatible Signs: Sheep or Boar Incompatible Sign: Rooster
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46) Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 26th, 27th and 29th 
  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue Unlucky color: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily, and jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest

DRAGON

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

  • Compatible Signs: Monkey or Rat Incompatible Sign: Dog
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7 (like 17 and 76) Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 16th 
  • Lucky colors: gold, silver, grayish white Unlucky colors: blue, green
  • Lucky flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
  • Lucky direction: east, north, west Unlucky direction: northwest

SNAKE

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

  • Compatible Signs: Rooster or Ox Incompatible Sign: Boar
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9, and numbers containing them (like 28 and 89) Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 23rd 
  • Lucky colors: black, red, and yellow Unlucky color: brown, gold, white
  • Lucky flowers: orchid and cactus
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest Unlucky direction: northeast and northwest

HORSE

1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

  • Compatible Signs: Tiger or Dog Incompatible Sign: Rat
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37) Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, and 6
  • Lucky days: the 5th and 20th 
  • Lucky colors: yellow and green Unlucky color: blue, white
  • Lucky flowers: calla lily and jasmine
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months  Unlucky direction: north and northwest

SHEEP (GOAT)

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

  • Compatible Signs: Boar or Rabbit Incompatible Sign: Ox
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72) Unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 30th 
  • Lucky colors: green, red, and purple Unlucky colors:  blue, and black. (Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.)
  • Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
  • Lucky direction: north Unlucky direction: southwest

MONKEY

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

  • Compatible Signs: Dragon or Rat Incompatible Sign: Monkey
  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9 (like 49 0r 94) Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold Unlucky colors: red, pink
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west Unlucky directions: south, southeast

ROOSTER (COCK)

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

  • Compatible Signs: Snake or Ox Incompatible Sign: Rabbit
  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8 (like 57 or 78) Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th 
  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow Unlucky color: red
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
  • Lucky directions: south, southeast. Unlucky direction: east


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9 Comments

  1. Jennifer, thanks so much for the really great post. I am the year of the monkey, so it was very interesting to read all about it. I hav no idea I had lucky colors or numbers. Thank you!

  2. Lisa, you know I find it funny how things like that always work out. You were innately drawn to those numbers and they may have even played a role in your life too.

  3. Wow, I never knew that I was born in the year of the sheep(goat) but 2 and 7 have always been my lucky numbers!

  4. I know brilliant marketing right there. Distracts everyone from the being hungry and you can even work on reading with the littles.

  5. I had no idea that there were subsigns in the Chinese zodiac. I used to love to see which animal everyone in my family was as a kid too! Definitely made waiting for dinner go faster!

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