Chinese New Year

What is Chinese New Year?

The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China. It lasts for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on the Western calendar begins sometime between January 21 and February 21, varying from year to year. There are many customs relating to food, decorations, greetings, and gifts. Here is a daily guide to the celebrations in 2015.

What do Chinese Symbols Mean?

The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: “This animal hides in your heart.” 

Chinese-Zodiac-CalendarUnlike Western astrology, it does not look the heavenly constellations or planets to predict one’s destiny. Rather, Chinese astrology deals with divining sciences of wuxing or the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood), Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time.

Legend has it that inception of the Chinese zodiac signs began when the Buddha beckoned all the animals to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. Only twelve arrived at his summoning, and so those were given a place of honor in a year being named after each.

You can determine your animal sign by referring to the year you were born and matching it up with the corresponding animal. Below is a chart, which one are you?

2015: Year of the Sheep

Year-of-SheepThis year on February 19, 2015 the Chinese are celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

If your sign is the Sheep, learn more about your personality, luck numbers, colors, flowers and more!

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