When is the Chinese New Year 2018?
The 2018 Chinese New Year Day is on Friday, February
16, 2018 in China's time zone.
This day is the new moon day of
the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese
Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 05:06 on 16-Feb-18 in
China's time zone.
Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems.
The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth)
and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown.
So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2018 is the Yang
Male Earth Dog.
Brown is connected to Earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called
Brown Earth Dog Year.
The first day of the Brown Dog is not the Chinese New Year in Chinese Astrology.
The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring,
which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac.
This day is around February 4, each year. 2018 Chinese
Brown Dog starts on February 4, 2018 in China's time zone. That
means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Brown Dog Year. If a
baby is born February 5, 2018, then baby's zodiac sign is the Dog, not
|Year||Zodiac Animal Sign||New Year||
|2018||Brown Earth Dog||Feb. 16, 2018 Friday||Feb. 4, 2018|
|2019||Brown Earth Pig||Feb. 05, 2019 Tuesday||Feb. 4, 2019|
|2020||White Metal Rat||Jan. 25, 2020 Saturday||Feb. 4, 2020|
How Old is the China?
The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China).
The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4715th year on
February 16, 2018.
Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the
Male Earth Dog is the 35th Stem-Branch in the cycle.
Since 4715 = (60 *78) + 35, therefore 2018 of Earth Dog Year is the 4715th Chinese Year.
Some web sites say the year 2018 is the 4716th Chinese year.
If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you.
The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C.
But the calendar of Yellow King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year.
The winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C.
Today's January 1st means nothing to Yellow King.
If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C. for a year, then year 2018 is the 4716th Chinese year.
2018 is the 4715th Chinese Year.
However, Chinese civilization is up to 8000 years.
The Dadiwan relics
show the civilization of houses, palaces, cooking tools, color pottery, weapons, artifacts and agriculture. Archaeologists doubt the I-Ching was invested there.
What's meaning of Brown Dog?
Brown Earth Dog name is from the Chinese Stem-Branch calendar. The first
Stem-Branch name is found in the document around 1739 B.C. The original
stems and branches only use for counting the days. Using Stem-Branch to count
for Month, Hour and Year sequences began around 206 B.C. during Chin
dynasty and Han dynasty. That idea might come from Chinese Yin Yang Five
Element scholars. Therefore, all zodiac signs can be converted into five
elements. For example, Dog is equivalent to Male Earth. If we find all the
Earth Dog connections from Chinese calendar, Five Elements and I-Ching
philosophy, then we can foresee what signs will come in the year of the Brown
2018 is Male Earth Dog. Male Earth is connected to dry
soil, wall, mound or mountains. The major five elements inside Dog is Male Earth
too. The sign of 2018 Earth Dog is mountains over mountains. 2018 will be a very
strong Earth. That implies the events related to land, real estate, county
territory, agriculture, earthquake, mineral and the Earth will be more active
than before. In Chinese astrology, Earth is also connected to stability,
meditation and religion. Many people will be interested in spiritual or
The mountain of 2018 appearing in the front of us means
something is blocking our view or our path. That's a sign of obstacle. We need
to climb over it to see the other world. So we need to find a flat road around
the mountains to find our way. Either way, we need to take extra effort to reach
our destination. Therefore, 2018 is a challenge year for many people. We need to
use our wisdom to find the better way to conquer the mountains. If you can do
it, then you will be ahead of many others. If you cannot, then you will behind
The mountains of 2018 are related to stability, slowness,
stubborn, laziness and conservativeness. If you are too lazy and lack of the
diligent spirit, then you will miss career or money opportunity. The Original Chinese Horoscope 12 Branches
page explains where 12-branch signs come from using the life cycle of the
plant. Dog Month is October. Fruits on the tree had ripened. If we don't pick
and sell them right away, then they will be rotten very soon. That implies we
need to complete our unfinished project quickly. Otherwise, our income source
will disappear soon.
Dog Hour is between 19:00 to 21:00 p.m. The sun completely
disappears in the sky. That sounds the sun goes down inside the mountains. The
sun is connected to the Yang Fire. Therefore, Dog has a nickname of the
Storeroom of the Fire in the Chinese astrology. Mountains also can absorb
rainwater very quickly. Rainwater can be collected into the dam inside the
mountains. The mountains become the warehouse of the Water. Fire and Water
represents money to many people. Dog of 2018 brings people the concept of
savings. Many people will consider the necessity before spending money. 2018
will be a good year to increase your wealth.
2018 of Dog is a very strong Earth year. If your
Lucky Element is Earth, then 2018 will be one
of your great years. If Earth is your lucky year, then you need to think twice
before taking risky action. The following are the Chinese Five Element Astrology
and Chinese zodiac predictions for 2018, the year of the Dog.
2018 Chinese Horoscope Forecast
Chinese Fortune Calendar provides two different 2018 predictions. The first
method is the simple Chinese Zodiac Prediction
to analyze the relationship between Brown Dog and your zodiac sign. The second
method is the traditional Chinese
Five Element Astrology. It will read your complete Chinese Astrology birth
chart, Find Your Lucky
Element, then forecast your luck in the Brown Dog year. This way is
required your correct birthday and birth time.
Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
Chinese New Year Festival in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore spans 15-days
long until the New Year Lantern Festival.
The detail is at The
Celebration of 15-Day Chinese New Year Festivals page.
The schedule for the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in US major China towns
usually is on the weekend before or after Chinese New Year. If you are
interested in these events, you should check the schedule at the
Lunar New Year Parade Location and Schedule page.
2018 Feng Shui for Chinese New Year
Lucky directions are
1 (White) is connected to Business, Romance, Social
4 (Green) is connected to Intelligence, Academic Achievement.
6 (White) is connected to Windfall, Money, Power, Position.
8 (White) is connected to Money, Wealth.
9 (Purple) is connected to Happiness, Marriage.
Unlucky directions are
(Black) is connected to Illness and Sickness.
3 (Green) is connected to Quarrel, Dispute, Lawsuit.
5 (Yellow) is connected to Sick, Trouble, Bad Luck.
7 (Red) is connected to Robbery, Villain.
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at western side. Do not have any
remodeling in the western area of your house.
List 2018 Rich, Romantic, Wisdom Houses using Feng Shui Flying Stars
More detailed information is available in the Farmer Calendar CD.
Coming Chinese New Year Dates and US Chinese New Year Dates
The 2018, 2019 and 2020 Chinese New Year's days are listed in the page of When is the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is the first day of the lunar month. That means Chinese New Year's day is on the new moon day.
We have 24 time zones in the world. The new moon days might fall on different days at different time zones.
Therefore, the Chinese New Year dates at US time zones have 50% chances to be different from China time zone.
We provide the listing of Chinese New Year Dates at different time zone.
We also have a comparison of 2018 lunar months between China and US.
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