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Chinese New Year 2024 Year of the Dragon


By Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D and Xiaomei Cai, L.Ac., Ph.D.

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Year of the Dragon

The Lunar New Year will officially begin on Saturday, February 10, 2024, when we will say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and welcome in the Year of the Dragon.

In Chinese culture, the dragon is a divine creature who brings good fortune. Chinese dragons are believed to act as conduits between heaven and earth, helping to bring good weather, plentiful harvests, and overall prosperity to people. 

In Ancient China, Emperors were believed to have the qualities of dragons. This is why it is common to see statues and carvings of dragons in Chinese cities, standing guard.

In Chinese culture, it is considered very fortunate to be born in the Year of the Dragon, and many people actively aim to have a child in the Dragon year. 


Chinese Astrology

Similar in some ways to the Western Zodiac, the Chinese Zodiac comprises twelve signs, each represented by a magical creature or animal. The Chinese Zodiac moves through its cycle in twelve years, rather than twelve months.

Chinese Astrology also incorporates the five elements: water, wood, metal, earth, and fire. This cycle takes 60 years to complete itself, as each sign moves through a new element every twelve years.. This will be the year of the Wood Dragon, which has not happened since 1964.


2024 Year of the Wood Dragon


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Chinese dragons often guard buildings.

The fire of the Dragon is the spark of creativity. Dragon personalities are not bound by conformity. Dragons are “larger than life;” they have big ideas and do things on a grand scale. They are fearless and proud, and hold themselves—and everyone else—to a high standard. They would much rather give orders than follow them.

In Chinese astrology, wood represents the season of spring and is associated with growth. 

The wood element in the Year of the Dragon brings creativity and the strength and tenacity to put original ideas into action. The wood dragon is an independent thinker who gets right to the point and may be impatient when other people or circumstances try to hold up their plans.


Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Dragon Horoscope

The Dragon year may bring big challenges, but it will also bring luck and wonderful opportunities. The year of the Dragon is a great time for new beginnings and starting big projects. 


If you are a Dragon, then 2024 is your “ben ming nian.” Every twelve years, when it is “our year,” we begin a new cycle in our lives. Your ben ming nian is a time to plant seeds for the future. It can be a joyous time, but it is also wise to protect yourself, as there may be conflicts or health issues that crop up.

The Dragon is susceptible to stress and may have health problems such as headaches, exhaustion, emotional upsets, and high blood pressure. Engaging in exercises such as Tai Chi or yoga can help the Dragon keep their cool.

Dragons can help ward off negative energy by wearing red, or keeping an ornament made of jade with them.


What Is My Sign In Chinese Astrology?

Chinese astrology follows the lunar year calendar, and Chinese New Year can take place in various years in either January or February. If your birthday falls in one of those months, you will need to check to see when Chinese New Year occurred in your birth year to determine your sign.

Dragon – 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Full of vitality, self-assured, a natural leader or performer.

Serpent – 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Charming skeptic and deeper thinker who uses their intuition.

Horse – 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Cheerful, quick-witted and popular.

Ram- 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Kind and helpful, artistic and a bit passive.


Monkey – 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Clever and innovative, a fast learner with good memory.

Rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Dramatic and outspoken, reputable and reliable.

Dog – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Deep sense of justice and responsibility, loyal and generous.

Boar – 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Diligent, courageous, and a good friend.

Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Bright, sociable and highly ambitious, lavish with money.

Ox1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Intelligent, confident, traditional, can be stubborn.

Tiger1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rebellious and dynamic, indomitable but considerate.

Rabbit1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Peace-loving and well-mannered, intelligent and creative.


Chinese New Year Traditions

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Red envelopes are given to children at Chinese New Year.

In China, the New Year is the biggest holiday of the year, and most people will travel to spend time with their families. 

It is traditional to clean your home carefully to bring luck and order into your lives. The ancient art of Feng Shui offers guidelines for how to arrange items around your home in order to allow for the smooth flow of energy through the rooms.

For more detailed information about finding your personal Feng Shui, based on your physical location and your birth chart, read our article here.

Gifts are exchanged at the New Year; usually, adults give children a gift of cash, tucked in a red envelope. In exchange, children wish their elders good health and good luck. According to custom, you must never open the envelope in front of the person who gave it to you.

Traditional New Year food offerings also help usher in good fortune for the new year. Foods that symbolize wealth are often emphasized. For example, displaying mandarin oranges and tangerines is thought to signify abundance. Dumplings and Spring Rolls are often served, reminding the family of silver and gold ingots. Long, uncut noodles represent long life.

For more information about which vegetables are served at Chinese New Year meals to bring good luck and good health, check out our article here.

Happy Chinese New Year 2024 From Art of Wellness Acupuncture Los Angeles

Chinese New Year is about welcoming longevity, wealth and prosperity into our lives and eliminating any negative Qi from the past. 

In any culture, holidays are meant to be a happy and fulfilling time in our lives, but they can also bring extra stress. Whatever holiday you are celebrating, be sure to take time to get enough rest, exercise daily, and set aside a few quiet moments to meditate and center yourself. 

From everyone at Art of Wellness, we want to wish all of you peace and wellness in the coming year.


Chinese New Year 2023 Year of the Rabbit


by Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D. and Xiaomei Cai, L.Ac., Ph.D.


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The rabbit is patient, yet quick.

The Lunar New Year will begin on January 23, 2023. It is the Year of the Rabbit! The shift in energy will be significant as we move out of 2022, the Year of the Tiger, and into the more patient and gentle Rabbit Year 2023.

The Chinese Zodiac, like the Western Zodiac, is made up of twelve signs, each represented by an animal or magical creature. In Western astrology, the signs cycle through the twelve months every year, but in Chinese astrology, each sign gets a whole year to itself, and a cycle lasts twelve years.

Chinese Astrology also incorporates the five elements: Water, Metal, Wood, Earth, and Fire. The zodiac moves through a different element each year. 2023 will be the Year of the Water Rabbit. Because the Yin Water element is associated with the color black, some people call this the “Year of the Black Rabbit.”

The Yin Water element represents sensitivity, intuition, and, in its most positive form, the way of inner peace. The Water Rabbit Year promises a period of rest and reflection after the dynamic Year of the Tiger. 

In Chinese culture the Rabbit is associated with the moon. According to ancient Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor disguised himself as an old beggar in order to find a trustworthy helper. The Rabbit offered itself as a meal to the starving man by jumping into the fire. The Emperor revealed his true self and took the generous Rabbit to the moon, where together they created the Elixir of Life. The outline of the Jade Rabbit can be seen on the moon, using a mortar and pestle to mix herbs into a powerful potion of healing and longevity.

The rabbit is a symbol of good luck. In Chinese philosophy, rabbits are also considered to be emblematic of patience. So, as long as you can bide your time until the moment is right to act in 2023, you should experience some lucky breaks!


What Is My Sign In Chinese Astrology?

To find your Chinese horoscope, look for your birth year: 

(As the lunar year begins on a different date each year, check more closely if your birthday lands in January or February)


  • Rabbit 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 
  • Dragon 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 
  • Snake 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 
  • Horse 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 
  • Goat 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 
  • Monkey 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 
  • Rooster 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 
  • Dog 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 
  • Pig 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
  • Rat 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 
  • Ox 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
  • Tiger 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Rabbit Horoscope

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2023 Lunar New Year

2022 was the Year of the Water Tiger. The Tiger was brave and ambitious, ready to pounce when the moment of opportunity presented itself. Then, there were periods of rest, like afternoon naps after a good lunch. The Water element served to soften Tiger’s sharp edges.

As you might imagine, the Rabbit is known for its gentle spirit. Rabbits tend to be “homebodies,” content to wait patiently, studying and paying attention to every detail. People might underestimate the Rabbit’s quiet strength, but make no mistake; the rabbit can move with speed and agility when the time is right.

Rabbits are social and attractive to many, but they may be reluctant to be very open with their true feelings. They can charm people with their warmth and good manners, and always want to make a good impression. They like to escape into stories or wear stylish fashions to keep things interesting. Rabbits may need a lot of assurance that they are lovable.

How to Create Good Luck for The Water Rabbit Year 2023

If you were born in a Rabbit year, then 2023 is your “ben ming nian.” When it’s “your year,” it can be an exciting yet tumultuous time of new beginnings. According to tradition, is it wise to take certain precautions to protect your health and your luck during your ben ming nian.

Wearing the color red or a jade amulet can help ward off misfortune, while following good Feng Shui arrangements in your home can help maintain a peaceful atmosphere. This is especially true for Rabbits, who tend to favor the colors red and pink, and because of the rabbit’s legendary association with jade.

Avoid risky trips or big renovation products that could cause a commotion. Instead, focus on giving back to your community in any way you can and attending joyous celebrations whenever possible.

Chinese New Year Traditions

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Chinese New Year gifts – Red Envelopes

The gift-giving tradition of Chinese New Year centers around the iconic red envelope. Within the family, children and adults can both look forward to receiving packets filled with crisp, new bills. Tradition dictates that one give and receive the envelope with both hands—and that the envelopes must never be opened in the presence of the giver. Wait to open it later!

In Chinese culture, there are many ways to extend wishes for a “Happy Lunar New Year” to others. One way to greet people in Mandarin during the New Year season is to say, “新年好!” which translates as “New Year Goodness!”

Feng Shui for Chinese New Year 2023

Giving your home a thorough cleaning and reorganizing is really the most important tradition to observe going into the New Year. A fresh start creates a positive outlook and harmonious setting for your New Year’s celebration and will hopefully carry you through the first months of the year.

Making your bedroom a soothing place for rest and rejuvenation is important.

Happy New Year From Art of Wellness Acupuncture Los Angeles

Chinese New Year is a time of sharing and togetherness, of preparation and taking care of ourselves and others. We take special care of our homes and loved ones, and we take care of our own health. It is a perfect time to come in for acupuncture treatment. Chinese medicine has always been an excellent form of preventive medicine. Taking the time to reset your system is a way of investing in your future good health. 

From everyone at Art of Wellness Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, we wish you 岁岁平安 Peace all year round!


*This article is for education from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine only. The education provided by this article is not approved by FDA to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure human diseases. It should not stop you from consulting with your physician for your medical conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Qi, which is an invisible force that usually cannot be observed by modern science. Because science focuses on testing ideas about the natural world with evidence obtained through observation, these aspects of acupuncture can’t be studied by science. Therefore acupuncture and Chinese herbs are often not supported by double-blind, randomized trials, and they are considered alternative medicine therapies in the United States.


Happy Chinese New Year 2022: Year of the Tiger


By Qineng Tan, L.Ac., Ph.D. & Xiaomei Cai, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Chinese New Year 2022 Year of the Tiger
Chinese New Year 2022 welcomes the Year of the Tiger

The Chinese New Year of the Tiger is ready to rush right in on February 1st, 2022. The beginning of the lunar new year always brings with it a change of energy as we enter a new sign.

This coming year will be the Year of the Water Tiger, which will really mean a big change in the atmosphere, considering that we will be transitioning out of the Year of the Ox, which we have been in since Chinese New Year 2021.

The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 animal signs and also moves through the five elements in 12-year cycles. The 5 elements in Chinese astrology are represented as Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, just as they are in TCM.

What’s My Sign in Chinese Astrology?

Your sign in the Chinese Zodiac is determined by the year of your birth, according to the Lunar calendar, so if your birthday is in January or February, you should double check when the lunar new year began that year.


  • Tiger 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 
  • Rabbit 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 
  • Dragon 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 
  • Snake 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 
  • Horse 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 
  • Goat 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 
  • Monkey 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 
  • Rooster 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 
  • Dog 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 
  • Pig 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
  • Rat 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Ox 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 

Learn more about predictions for your Chinese New Year Sign, and how to say the name of your animal sign in Mandarin Chinese.

Lunar New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year good luck
Chinese New Year is a time to cultivate good luck, and ward off bad luck.

In China, The New Year is the biggest holiday of the year. This is when people go “home for the holidays,” and many people who have moved to another part of the country travel to their hometowns to see their families, friends, and enjoy some of their favorite neighborhood restaurants and regional specialty foods, dances, and other traditions.

As you might expect, families who are receiving guests go all out to make sure their homes are clean and welcoming. There are many practices that are considered very important to ensuring that your home is well provided for and protected for the year to come. In Chinese culture, it is necessary to prepare your home not only to present it appealingly to your guests, but also to make sure that you are not offending anyone, even spirits. 

“Making your own luck” can indicate a bold way of going about things, as the Tiger would. But according to Chinese New Year traditions, it is just as important to ward off bad luck. Special care must be taken so that any of your own sign’s dire predictions for the year can be avoided or ameliorated. Preventive caution is advised if you don’t want to bear the brunt of misfortunes, which must fall to some people each year.

Feng Shui for Chinese New Year 2022

For many people, the practice of Feng Shui is a big part of New Year planning and preparation. Practicing Feng Shui on your own, or calling in a professional to assess your situation, is a popular way to help usher in the new year with thoughtfulness and style.

Changing the order of your surroundings is not only about aesthetics, or even the practical use of space. It is about shifting the energy so that it can flow smoothly, and helping to prevent pockets of stagnation from forming, just as we do with acupuncture treatment for the body!

Your Feng Shui is very personal to you. It depends not only on the physical location and arrangement of your home space, but also your birth element. Look here to find your Gua, or Feng Shui number.

Look here to find the more or less fortunate directions for you in the 8 Mansions system, according to your Gua number.

When people of different elemental energies share a space, their relationships have to be taken into consideration. If you are a Fire sign, and your significant other is Water, and your children are Wood and Metal, your home life depends on these elements finding a way to work in harmony. Arranging your rooms well can help contribute to positive flow without obstructions.

As we mentioned, the Year of the Tiger year calls for action, but also requires plenty of time devoted to rest and recovery. Arranging your bedroom so that it provides you the optimal environment for peaceful leisure time throughout the day, and quality sleep at night, is one way to prepare yourself for the upcoming year.


Top 5 Tips on Feng Shui for the Bedroom:

  1. Feng Shui bedroom
    Create balance in your bedroom with Feng Shui.

    Go for symmetry and balance – there is a reason that people like to have matching nightstands and lamps. It’s pleasing to have balance, with equal space given to each partner, and each side of the bed. 

  2. Position your bed so that you face the door – this probably feels naturally right to most people. You can sleep more soundly when you have a deep sense that you can see whatever may be approaching you, and that nothing is sneaking up behind you.
  3. Do not store things under the bed – this also seems intuitive. We don’t want any monsters hiding under our beds. The space beneath you should be free of objects that could block the flow of air and energy. Also, you don’t want any sorts of negative associations creeping into your dream space.

A healthy morning routine enhances the benefits of a good night’s sleep, so start off your New Year on the right foot!

The doctors and staff at Art of Wellness wish each and every one of our patients and colleagues a happy and healthy new year. As always, we want to remind you that when you take time to care for your health, you make the most important investment of all.

There are many ways to extend your New Year greetings. From Art of Wellness, we wish you longevity and health!   祝财运亨通





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