How to be lucky in business in Year of the Earth Dog

How to be lucky in business in Year of the Earth Dog

Unlike Jan. 1, the Chinese New Year coincides with the beginning of spring and can fall anytime between Jan. 21 and February 20, depending on the celestial season. If you chat with a Chinese lady in AsiaMe, you can ask her what kind of zodiac she is, and she will be very surprised at your understanding of oriental culture. Accordingly, each year is assigned one of 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

"Happy New Year 2018", the singers captioned a group photo on Facebook.

Twelve animals were used to repeat a cycle of 12 years. It is believed that a person will take on the characteristics of whatever animal marks the year of their birth. Their lucky numbers are said to be 3, 4 and 9, and the colours green, red and purple are also supposedly favoured by fortune.

Commenting about the upcoming event, Esther Dobbin, Commercial Operations Manager at the Giant's Causeway said: "The Chinese tourist market is increasingly important for us and we are delighted to welcome a growing number of visitors from China to the Giant's Causeway every year".

A trio of ceramic dogs
Jiang Dong  China Daily
A trio of ceramic dogs Credit Jiang Dong China Daily

For them, and the rest of us, he has five food customs you should know for the Lunar New Year. Couplets, folk painting, paper-cuts, festive scrolls, lanterns, as well as other festive decorations in bright red, are seen everywhere. In northern China, the common dishes are steamed fish, dumplings, roasted duck or chicken, while in the south sometimes people celebrate with hot pot, which contains a variety of vegetables, mushrooms, meatballs and meat.

In terms of activities, on New Year's Eve in north-east China, family members get together by playing poker or mah-jong. It is an expression of good wishes for all achievements and opportunities in the coming year. The decision to ban them didn't sit right with some Chinese.

People in China and across South-East Asia are getting ready to welcome the Lunar New Year with celebrations ranging from street festivals to intimate family dinners.

While the entire New Year period is two weeks, most Chinese people go back to work on the eighth day.