According to ancient Chinese astrology, each calendar year is associated with a different animal, known as the Chinese zodiac, or Shēngxiào.
The Year of the Dog, or more specifically the Year of the Earth Dog, is celebrated from Friday 16th February 2018 until Monday 4th February 2019. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, following the fiery Year of the Rooster.
The five elements
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not only associated with an animal sign, but also one of the five elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire and earth.
This philosophy is used to describe interactions and relationships between things. The five elements are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe, influencing Chinese medicine, feng shui and martial arts. Each element has its own characteristics and associations with different aspects of nature.
According to the Chinese zodiac, the year of a person’s birth – and the animal it represents – determines a person’s personality traits. While Western astrology purports to tell the future based on the movement of the stars, Chinese astrology examines the characteristics of the life force of a particular year and compares that with the characteristics of people. In other words, unlike Western astrology, Chinese astrology does not try to foretell the future, but rather predicts how people will fare during the year.
The Year of the Dog
It is believed that 2018 will be a good yet exhausting year.
People born in the Year of the Dog are ‘man’s best friend’; they are often independent, sincere, loyal and decisive, and unafraid of facing difficulties in their daily lives. However, it is believed that these people can also be quick to anger, critical of others, stubborn and won’t take advice.
Hakkasan will be celebrating the Year of the Dog with an exclusive Chinese New Year menu created in collaboration by Hakkasan chefs from around the world, in addition to hosting auspicious lion dances in a selection of locations and honouring the ancient Chinese Wishing Tree tradition.