The Chinese authorities and medical personnel are expecting a significant increase in births, or even a baby boom, during this lunar year of the Dragon. This is anticipated to contribute to the post-pandemic recovery from Covid-19 and is aligned with policies implemented by Beijing to support fertility and procreation. Additionally, many couples are eager to welcome “dragon children” due to the auspicious and lucky associations with this zodiac sign.
As the only mythical creature of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is viewed as divine and powerful. Children born in the Year of the Dragon are believed to possess qualities such as intelligence, confidence, and ambition. Some couples may even opt for IVF or schedule cesarean sections to ensure that their children are born in this year, influenced by the superstition that dragon children are special and destined for greatness.
According to a 2019 study, children born during the Year of the Dragon were more likely to score higher on college entrance exams and obtain a college education. This was attributed to the extra time and money that parents invested in these children, rather than the cosmic influence associated with the zodiac sign.
Hospitals across China have posted timetables and tips to assist couples in conceiving a “baby dragon.” Advisers have pointed out the “very clear” astrological preferences, hoping for a higher fertility rate this year. 2024, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will more specifically be the year of the Wooden Dragon, symbolizing progress, development, and prosperity.
The previous year of the Dragon, in 2012, witnessed a real baby boom in China. The country’s population had diminished in 2023, and experts are hopeful that the Lunar Year of the Dragon will bring forth a notable increase in the birth rate to aid in post-pandemic recovery and demographic growth.