Today, the Year of the Earth Pig begins in Chinese astrology. As we bid farewell to the territorial Earth Dog that guarded 2018, a communal and social new lunar year begins. This convivial cycle gives us a chance to “rest and digest” after two intense years.
On February 15th, the Chinese New Year began. In Chinese astrology each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. If you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and presently 2018, you are born in a Dog year.
This year, the Chinese New Year falls on January 28th and it is the Year of the Fire Rooster according to Chinese zodiac. The festival lasts for 15 days. Most employees will have seven days off work, while students take one month absence from school. Being one of the traditional festivals, it is the time for whole families to reunite together, which is similar with Christmas Day to the westerners.