In the Year of the Dragon, Chinese authorities and medical personnel are expecting a significant increase in births. This surge is anticipated due to policies implemented by Beijing to support fertility and procreation, as well as many couples’ belief that children born in this year will be lucky and successful.
The Dragon is considered the luckiest and most auspicious zodiac sign, with children born during this year believed to have great success and fortune throughout their lives. As a result, many couples have opted for IVF or scheduled cesarean sections to ensure their children are born in the Year of the Dragon. A study from 2019 found that those born during this year were more likely to score higher on college entrance exams and have a college education, thanks to extra time and money invested in these children.
Hospitals across China are providing timetables and tips to educate couples on when to conceive in order to have a ‘baby dragon.’ According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2024 will be the year of the Wooden Dragon, which is expected to bring opportunities, changes, and challenges. In 2012, during the previous year of the Dragon, there was a significant baby boom despite China’s population shrinking in 2023.
Zhai Zhenwu, adviser to the National Health and Family Planning Commission believes that there is hope for a higher fertility rate due to strong astrological preferences involving the Dragon. It is predicted that in 2024 there will be an increase in birth rates compared to 2023 although it’s difficult