Year of the Goat. Happy Lunar New Year
We wish to take this opportunity to wish our readers a Happy Chinese New Year! May the Year of the Goat be a prosperous one with fun, relaxation and excellent health.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival is widely regarded as the most important celebration in China and is given official public holiday status, during which most Chinese get eight days off of work. The Chinese year 4713 begins on Feb. 19, 2015.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.
According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle.
The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.