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Where do the Chinese New Year animals come from? The Chinese Zodiac explained

2018, year of the dog, happy new year

It’s the Year of the Dog – but why? (Picture: Getty)

Rounding off the week next week is Chinese New Year, which falls on February 16 this year.

More than a billion people are expected to celebrate the event around the world.

Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square 2017Chinese New Year 2018: Where to celebrate the Year of the Dog in London

This year, it’s the year of the dog – one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The other animals in the zodiac are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster and pig.

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