Chinese New Year

Thursday February 8, 2018

Chinese New Year is almost with us again, ushering in the Year of the Dog. This Friday, 16th February, is the first day of the Chinese new year.

The 'Year of the Rooster' was often a challenging one in the lobster market. Will the new year be a better one in which to eat – and catch, and sell – the world’s finest lobsters? 

The Dog is an auspicious symbol. If a dog comes to your house, it symbolises the coming of good fortune. Money this year may come especially to those who are honest and fair in their dealings, which is the influence of the Dog’s faithfulness.

In practical terms though, it’s difficult to pick any annual influence on lobster demand from most zodiac signs. Lucky days and public holidays make a more noticeable difference.

Did you know that “leap months” are why Chinese New Year moves around? This is where days are added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.  A lunar year is shorter than ours by 11 days. To stop the lunar calendar from getting too far out of line over the years, there’s a “leap month” added about every third year.

That’s why the Chinese New Year date drifts earlier into January for a couple of years, and then jumps back to mid-February, as it has this year.

And you might want to note that if you were born in most of 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946 or 1934 then you are a Dog in the Chinese zodiac, like Donald Trump. This year, you could easily offend the God of Age, Tai Sui. Wearing something red given to you by an elder relative will ward off bad luck.