Here's how to find out which Chinese year you were born in

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Unlike traditional Western festivals with fixed dates, the Chinese New Year dates vary from year to year because the traditional Chinese New Year is calculated on the basis of the lunar calendar. The holiday is based off the lunar calendar and thus falls on a different day every year. In 2018, Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog.

This year is the Year of the Dog in China, which is on a 12-year cycle with a new animal chosen to represent each year. Accordingly, each year is assigned one of 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The animal that represents each year also tells a lot about personality characteristics.

2018 is the year of the dog.

Red color is considered as lucky.

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Here's how to find out which Chinese year you were born in

According to the Zodiac, "planning, postponing, and negligence are words you need to remove from your vocabulary during this year".

What are the New Year's traditions? Last week, a report from the China Tourism Academy and Ctrip said they expected the number of outbound Chinese travelers this year to reach a new record of 6.5 million. House cleaning foreshadows cleaning away the bad luck from the previous year and the health and harmony of family members in the coming year. Various dishes including meat, vegetables, soup and candies are placed on the table including the most essential: fish. At the workplace, it is also common for bosses to give their employees a red envelope. People governed by this animal and element sign have many good qualities; they are independent, responsible, loyal, and communicative. Fish in Chinese is called "Yu" which means prosperity and good fortune. The products are available online and in-store just in time for the New Year.

For travellers heading to China, where is the best place to celebrate the New Year without the crowds? It is more quiet and refreshing.

In China, the festival also results in the largest annual migration of people in the world.

Popular temples in Richmond are International Buddhist Temple, Ling Yen Mountain Temple and Fo Guang Shan Temple.

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