The Year of the Dog

The Lunar new year, also known as Chinese new year, will start on Friday! As you know, in the Chinese culture every year is related to one of the 12 Zodiac animals, and this year is going to be the year of the dog. If you are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 or 96 between this Friday and February 4th, 2019, that means your Chinese horoscope sign is dog and 2018 will be your Zodiac year or 本命年 ben ming nian. According to Chinese astrology, you are more prone to bad luck during your Zodiac year, but the bad luck can be counteracted by wearing something red at all times. The website Your Chinese Astrology says that

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility. On the negative side, they are likely to be self-righteous, cold, terribly stubborn, slippery, critical of others and not good at social activities.

The dog is a cute and photogenic animal so this morning I went to the Suzhou center mall to check if they had any Chinese New Year decorations.

Multipurpose decoration for both the Year of the Dog and Valentine’s day.

More doggies.

Uhm, I’m not sure why the teddy bears were involved…

I think I saw that sleigh in the Christmas decorations a couple of months ago…


Apart from the mall decorations, some shops seemed to be totally on board with the year of the dog! 

Shiba inus are very popular in China lately.

This is a dog, right? This was in a pet shop. Dumplings for dogs??


Tomorrow night we are flying to Malaysia for our holidays, so I want to wish you all a happy Year of the Dog in advance!