Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy Lunar New Year – Happy Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

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Happy Lunar New Year – Happy Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

“Happiness and prosperity,” is a common phrase when wishing someone a Happy Lunar New Year. In Chinese you would say, 恭喜發財 or Gōngxǐ fācái (pronunciation). 2018 is Year of the Dog.


Chinese Word 狗  Gǒu
Earthly Branch of Birth Year 戌  Xu
Five Elements (Wǔ Xing) 五行 Earth
Yin Yang (Energy) Yang
Lunar Month Ninth
Lucky Numbers 3, 4, 9
Unlucky Numbers 1, 6, 7 (avoid these)
Lucky Flowers Cymbidium, oncidium, orchids, rose
Lucky Colors Green, purple, red
Unlucky Colors Blue, white, gold (avoid these)
Season Fall
Gemstone Diamond
Years 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030 …

Additional Reading
Wu Xing:  five-element theory of Chinese philosophy
– Travel China Guide – Year of the Dog
– Year of the Dog from Wikipedia, Chinese Zodiac
– Other Happy Lunar New Years on our Blog:

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