In the lunar year of the Dragon, Chinese authorities and medical personnel anticipate a significant increase in births. This is 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 throughout their lives.
According to mythology, the Dragon is associated with intelligence, confidence, and ambition. As a result, many couples opt for IVF or cesarean sections to ensure their children are born in the Year of the Dragon or ask doctors to delay the birth. 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 due to extra time and money invested in them.
Hospitals across China are providing timetables and tips to educate couples on when to conceive if they want 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. Despite China’s population shrinking in 2023, there was still a significant baby boom in 2012 during the previous Year of the Dragon.
Zhai Zhenwu, adviser to the National Health and Family Planning Commission believes that there is hope for a higher fertility rate due to astrological preferences involving the Dragon. While it is difficult to predict exactly how much birth rates will increase compared