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As I left the house this morning, my mother who is staying, asked “no daffodil?”…… Having left home in Wales at the age of 18, I still regard myself as Welsh (despite recent rugby results!) and whilst I wish all my sisters a “Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus (Happy St David’s Day)”, I confess, that’s really as far as I take it!

There are in truth, so many different celebrations each year and each has its own traditions. One of the most recent being Chinese New Year: 2018 is a Year of the Dog which signifies Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects.

In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year. If you’re born in a Dog year, you’re a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colours: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

When is your Zodiac Year? … your zodiac year starts from Chinese New Year and ends on the last day of the Chinese lunar year (Chinese New Year’s Eve).

For example, 2018 is a year of the Dog, and Dogs’ zodiac year starts from Chinese New Year 2018 (February 16th), and ends on February 4th, 2019.

What Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign are you?….your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961

Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963

Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Those born in January and February note:

Chinese (Lunar) New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is.

Have fun finding out which animal you are, and after last month’s questionable numerology traits, I’ll leave it to you to decide whether you want to know what each animal means. In the meantime enjoy reading Artizian’s latest edition of Scoop.

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