As we are fast approaching Spring Festival (it will be coming next month, on February 16th), many people asked whether I knew what year it is and what is so special about it. I did know it was Earth Dog Year but I actually had no clue why it is unique. So I took some time and did a little research.
Here are some Earth Dog Year Fun Facts which you may or may not know!
1. Just as with every other year, if you are born in the year of the Dog, throughout the whole of Spring Festival (which lasts half a month) you should wear red underclothes. According to tradition it should bring you good luck and keep bad spirits away for a whole year!
2. Lucky numbers for people born in the year of the Dog are 3, 4, and 9, and other numbers containing them. I was quite curious about number 4 since it is not considered a lucky number and is associated with the word “death” which sounds similar. Many older buildings in China don’t have the 4th floor, and either go from 3 to 5, or 3-3a-5.
3. Unlucky colors for Dogs are blue, white and gold.
4. If you bring an actual dog to your house this year, it will give you good fortune. So you might want to reconsider saying no to your little ones if they beg to get a dog this year – they might be onto something intuitively!
5. The Chinese word for barking sound – 旺旺 wàng wàng – actually means “prosperous prosperous”. Barking dogs used to be considered to bring prosperity and wealth to one’s house.
While it is considered that the Zodiac year you are born in is not a lucky one for you, I would say we should not rely on these predicaments. After all, we are responsible for our own desire and how this year goes depends entirely on us!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Welcome to our fourth annual Chinese New Year blog hop! Lunar New Year, more commonly known as Chinese New Year, starts on February 16. It is the beginning of the Year of the Dog, and we have lots of great ideas for celebrating it with kids! Don’t miss our series from last year, 2016 and 2015, and you can find even more on our Chinese New Year Pinterest board:
Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Earth Dog Year Fun Facts
Bicultural Mama: Chinese Soup Dumplings (Xiǎo Lóng Bāo): What They Are and How to Eat
Crafty Moms Share: The Year of the Dog
Miss Panda Chinese: Lucky Dumplings Symbolic Meaning, Names, and Recipe
Creative World of Varya: Fun Facts About Teaching in China
the gingerbread house: Simple Chinese New Year Lantern Craft for Kids to Make
ChrissyJee.com: Healthy Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year