The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are born in Years of the Dog. Today starts another Year of the Dog.

The twelve animals get their turn every dozen years, but there are variations. For example, 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958.

Unlike the Western new Year, the Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar, but it normally falls between January 21 and February 20.

Around the globe, celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, But  long noodles are also eaten for the new year. “Longevity noodles” (which are also eaten at birthday celebrations) are what I am eating tonight. These long noodles will be stir fried and never cut or broken in the cooking. If we can eat them without biting through the strands, it’s considered even more auspicious for the new year.

longevity noodles