Chinese Year of the Sheep

Chinese Year of the Sheep

The Lunar New Year – Chinese year of the Wood Sheep

2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919

The lunar New Year date is calculated according to the lunar calendar so the date is different each year on the Gregorian calendar. This year, Chinese New Year’s Day is February 19th.

Chinese zodiac, “sheep” people are said to like to be in groups, though not the center of attention. They are honest, intimate, and can easily be moved by the misfortunes of others because they are brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice. They are gentle, creative, amicable, persevering, frank and honest. The sheep can be reserved and quiet; most likely because they tend to find themselves lost in their thoughts. Despite these good qualities they can also be shy, worrisome, pessimistic, and moody and usually the first to complain about things.

In their daily life sheep are generally economical and because of their calm and serene personality traits they tend to have fewer health problems. People are drawn to them because of their good manners and charms but it can take time to develop a strong relationship with a sheep because they are private people. This can sometimes lead to getting off on the wrong foot with people. Although, once a friend the sheep is willing to work hard for those they care about and need to feel loved and protected in return. Because of their indecisive nature, sheep people like to study the esoteric to learn more about the unknown.

What will 2015 bring? For the sheep, this year should be richly rewarding. The sheep’s tendency to attract helpful benefactors will be especially strong. Expect to find sympathetic friends and improved financial conditions. Practical planning and careful analysis will bring around powerful forces for change and can make 2015 a landmark year for accomplishments and problem solving. The happy, creative sheep will find that this year will be your year to shine as long as the goat doesn’t get too over-confidant. Be determined and go after what you want this year. But you must be cautious in your actions.

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9 Lucky colors: green, red, purple Lucky flowers: carnation and primrose Lucky months: August and November Best suited careers: pediatrician, actor, teacher, interior designer, musician and editor. A career in the arts, advertising or research.

Chinese New Year Celebrations are known as the “Spring Festival”, it is the grandest and most important of all Chinese traditions. The festival begins on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month and lasts until the 15th of the 1st lunar month.

So what to the Chinese do to celebrate?; clean house and buy new clothes to wear, put up red posters with poetic verses on their doors. Every street, building and house is decorated with the color red, images of the goat and red lanterns. This is a time to visit with family and on New Year’s Eve people enjoy “reunion” dinners and set off fireworks to ward off evil.. Dumplings are eaten and also fish; which expresses peoples’ hope for having a wealthy year. It is also a time to exchange red envelopes with “luck” money to children and retired seniors. Many activities take place, some of which are beating drums, striking gongs, dragon and lion dances, and the lantern festival.