Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat

Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the GoatChinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat (羊)

The Chinese New Year begins on February 19th in 2016 and ends on February 7th 2016.

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The Chinese Calendar 2015

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:

   Rat    Ox    Tiger Rabbit  Dragon Snake Horse   Goat Monkey Rooster Dog  Pig
2008 2009  2010  2011  2012  2013   2014  2015   2016    2017   2018 2007

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.  Chinese New Year 2015 - Goat

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'.

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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.

Rat

1924

1936

1948

1960

1972

1984

1996

2008

Ox

1925

1937

1949

1961

1973

1985

1997

2009

Tiger

1926

1938

1950

1962

1974

1986

1998

2010

Rabbit

1927

1939

1951

1963

1975

1987

1999

2011

Dragon

1928

1940

1952

1964

1976

1988

2000

2012

Snake

1929

1941

1953

1965

1977

1989

2001

2013

Horse

1930

1942

1954

1966

1978

1990

2002

2014

Goat

1931

1943

1955

1967

1979

1991

2003

2015

Monkey

1932

1944

1956

1968

1980

1992

2004

2016

Rooster

1933

1945

1957

1969

1981

1993

2005

2017

Dog

1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

Pig

1935

1947

1959

1971

1983

1995

2007

2019

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.

   Rat    Ox   Tiger  Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse  Goat Monkey Rooster  Dog   Pig
2008 2009  2010  2011  2012   2013  2014   2015   2016     2017   2018 2007

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.
If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.
If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.
If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.
If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood.
If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.
If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.
If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.
If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.
If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.

Start date for the Chinese New Year Calendar 2013 and following years

The lunar Chinese New Years dates are:
2013 - Feb 10;  2014 - Jan 31;  2015 - Feb 19; 2016 Feb 8th; 2017; Jan 28th.

Chinese Idiom StoryChinese Sheep Idiom Story

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.

See a funny goat story.

Qualities of "Wood Goat" People

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
Their caring and artistic qualities, means that Goats make excellent actors, designers, florists, paediatricians, hairdressers, musicians and teachers.

Goats Show These Likes and Aversions

  • Colour Preference: Cerise, mauve and pink.
  • Gems and Stones: Jade, Moonstone and Sapphire.
  • Leisure Activities: Reading, swimming, going to the theatre, eating and drinking.
  • Goats Dislike: Being away from their family and friends.  They dislike arguments or conflict.

People Born in the Year of the Goat
Michelangelo, King George VI, Jane Austen, Boris Becker, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Franz Liszt, Mark Twain, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright and Rudolph Valentino.

Chinese New Year Jokes, Proverbs and Stories

Chinese Proverbs

  • Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cathouse.
  • War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left.
  • A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
  • He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
  • Chinese 'Cracked Pot' parable

How To Speak Chinese Funny

  • I thought you were on a diet................Wai Yu Mun Ching?
  • This is a tow-away zone......................No Pah King
  • Our meeting is scheduled for next week......Wai Yu Kum Nao?
  • Staying out of sight............................Lei Ying Lo
  • See more funny Chinese speak

20 Number 620 Embassy No 6

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

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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.

One-liners

  • How did an embarrassed panda get mistaken for a newspaper?  They are both black and white, and red all over!
  • What's purple, 10,000 km long and 12m high?
    The grape wall of China.

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

  • With a good wife, the husband won't get in trouble; a bad wife is worse than a dog.
  • The parental love for children is lengthy like the stream, but the children only think of the parents like the wind on the edge of a tree.
  • A hedge between keeps friendship green.
  • Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
  • Happiness is something to do, something to love, something to hope for.
  • If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
  • Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come. 

See more Chinese Proverbs »

Dates for Chinese Valentine's Day

'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.

Footnote:
Please write to Will and Guy if you have any interesting stories about the Chinese New Year 2015 - The year of the Goat.

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