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Published on February 17th, 2015 | by admin

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Chinese New Year Is Coming!

Later this week, Chinese communities across the world will be marking the arrival of the Year of the Sheep following celebrations to mark the Year of the Horse in 2014.

Also known as the spring festival, Chinese New Year on Thursday is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February.

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The sheep is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

And the sheep comes eighth in the Chinese Zodiac coming after the Horse but before the Rooster. The sequence of animals in chronological order always begins with the sign of the Rat, followed in chronological order by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

In some quarters the imminent Chinese New Year is actually being referred to as Year of the Goat or even Year of the Ram too. That’s because the Chinese character yang can be translated as each of these three animals.

Apparently, in Chinese astrology each animal assigned by year represents how others perceive an individual. What’s more the Chinese zodiac is apparently used to label times of day with each sign corresponding to a ‘large hour’ (also referred to as ‘shichen’) which is a two-hour period (24 divided by 12 animals).

It is also said that brown, red and purple are the lucky colours associated with the Year of the Sheep. The lucky numbers containing 2 and 7 are also associated with this animal sign.

We’ve discovered that those born during the Year of the sheep are said to be polite, clever and kind –hearted though they can also be shy, pessimistic and indecisive too.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. If you’re celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Sheep, ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ (or Happy New Year!).

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