Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat
The Chinese New Year begins on February 19th in 2016 and ends on February 7th 2016.
2015 is the year of the Goat, and is also know as the year of the Sheep. It is the yĭ-wèi (乙未) year of the Wooden Goat. Yĭ is the second of the ten celestial stems and wèi (Sheep) is the eighth of the twelve terrestrial branches.
Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within this 'Stem-Branch' date system, is a shorter cycle of 12 years denoted by these animals:
Calculating 'When is the Chinese New Year in 2015'
The date of Chinese New Year varies within about a month, this is a sure sign that it's linked to the moon. As a guide the Chinese New Year follows the second new moon after the winter solstice. As the winter solstice falls on December 21st 2014, the next new moon is on January 20th 2015, and the second new moon is on February 18th 2015.
While there is a new moon on December 21st, it does not count for determining the New Year. What this does mean that February 19th is about the latest day in the year that Chinese New Year could occur. As the new year ends on February 7th 2016 it makes it slightly shorter than most Chinese 'years'.
The Chinese New Year Calendar - With Its Associated 12 Animals
The lunar Chinese New Year (CNY) calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are! Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born. Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. Because if it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year.
60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar
Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals. Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.
Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
Start date for the Chinese New Year Calendar 2013 and following years
The lunar Chinese New Years dates are:
There was a Chinese boy called Lěi, who had a large flock of sheep. But one day, Lěi lost a sheep and didn't take care of his fence. Gradually more sheep escaped until, at last, there was only one sheep left. Only then did Lěi realise the seriousness of his situation, and belatedly repaired the fence. From that moment, none of his sheep were ever lost.
Lěi's story tells us that we must deal with matters in time, or we would lose a lot.
Goats enjoy being in the middle of a group, consequently, other flock to these Goats, possibly because they are so compassionate and helpful.
Their sincerity can be taken advantage of and Wood Goat may get their feelings hurt by undeserving sympathy seekers.
Sometimes, Wood Goat need to suppress their caring ways and take care of themselves.
Likely Vocations for Goats
Goats Show These Likes and Aversions
People Born in the Year of the Goat
Chinese New Year Jokes, Proverbs and Stories
How To Speak Chinese Funny
It was Chinese New Year. Bill and Jackson had just staggered back home from a hard night's drinking when they noticed that a menu from the new restaurant next door had come through the letter box. On a whim they decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a take-away. Jackson, was just off out of the door to fetch their meal when Bill turned to him and said, 'Please get me 20 number 6 while you're at the take-away.
Jackson returned with their chicken Chou Mein, sweet and sour pork and 20 portions of egg fried rice. Bill said, 'Where's me fags'. Jackson said, 'What cigarettes, you asked for 20 number 6 and that's what you've got, enough egg fried rice to feed a Chinese Junk from Shanghai to Hong Kong'.
Bill said, 'When I was last in England Embassy No 6 was a packet of fags.'
It's a Dog's Life
Meanwhile, Bill and Jackson's wives decided to dine out a new Chinese Restaurant. Jackson's wife Julie was inseparable from her Pekingese dog called 'Pepe'. So they took Pepe along with them to the restaurant. Whenever they went to their usual restaurant the manager's wife looked after Pepe while they ate, and they thought it would be no different this new restaurant.
Julie and her friend Rachel, gave Pepe to the owner and went to their seats. They ordered their meal, had a few drinks and eventually their meal arrived. They were mortified when it turned out to be their beloved Pepe surrounded by Chop Suey.
As the owner explained the next day to Bill and Jackson, they thought that Julie and Rachel wanted the chef to cook the dog, not look after it while the women dined.
Traditional Chinese Sense of Humour
Prime Minister Chang was happy enough to write, but he didn't put in a lot of care into his brush strokes. Everybody sneered at his bad handwriting, and the Prime Minister himself really didn't care.
One day Chang thought of a beautiful sentence and at once wielded his writing brush to write it down, indeed, there were dragons flying and snakes dancing all over the paper. Then he ordered his secretary to write it out neatly.
When beginning to copy, his secretary stared tongue-tied and did not know where to start. The young man had to take the manuscript back to the Prime Minister.
'Prime Minister Chang, I can't read your handwriting, please tell me what words they are.'
The Prime Minister read his cursive hand a long time, and did not know what Chinese characters they were, either. He then turned to blame his secretary. 'Why didn't you come earlier to ask me? I myself have forgotten the words which I've written.'
Enigmatic Chinese Proverbs
'When is the Chinese Valentine's Day in 2015?', is sure to be a question in quiz. So be prepared, know the date, and remember the golden rule, 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar.
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