The Chinese new year tag features posts related to the Chinese festival, aka the Spring festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Sheep

Chinese New Year, Year of the Sheep / Goat

Chinese New Year: Year of the Goat

Year of the Sheep or Goat

Preparations are taking place across Dublin and around the world for the Chinese New Year, which will kick off on the 19th of February. It’s one of the longest festival in the Chinese calendar running through to the 24th of February. Celebrations begin on Chinese New Year’s eve and last through to the end of the month in the Chinese calendar.

Sometimes referred to as the Spring Festival, a centuries old tradition that played a significant role in Chinese myths and legends. The holiday is ingrained in its people’s customs and is one of the most important festivals with annual celebrations taking place in chinatowns are the world.

This year marks the year of the sheep, or goat to some.

The Goat is the eighth sign of a twelve-year cycle of animals (mnemonics for the calendar system)  in the Chinese zodiac, which in turn is related to the Chinese calendar and other festival celebrations. But not only that; those born in the year of the goat are said to resemble the traits of the animal, or any other animal as part of the Chinese zodiac.

Years Of The Goat / Sheep | Chinese Calendar

Start Date End Date Heavenly Branch
13th February 1907 1st February 1908 Fire Goat
1st February 1931 5th February 1932 Earth Goat
17th February 1919 19th February 1392 Metal Goat
5th February 1943 24th January 1944 Water Goat
24th January 1955 11th February 1956 Wood Goat
9th February 1967 22th January 1968 Fire Goat
28th January 1979 15th February 1980 Earth Goat
15th February 1991 3rd February 1992 Metal Goat
1st February 2003 21th February 2004 Water Goat
19th February 2015 7th February 2016 Wood Goat
6th February 2027 25th January 2028 Fire Goat
24th January 2039 11th Feb 2040 Earth Goat
11th February 2051 31 January 2052 Metal Goat

What’s your animal in the Chinese zodiac? And do you refer to it as the year of the sheep or the year of the goat? Let us know in the comments below.

Download our Chinese New Year poster / infographic: Year of the Sheep / Goat.

Graham,
The STAR Team

Chinese New Year: Year Of The Horse

Chinese New Year 2014, year of the horse

From the 31st of January 2014 to the 15th of February 2015, it is the year of the horse according to Chinese zodiac. Chinese Astrology has fascinated many western cultures throughout the ages, as it borrows many western astrological concepts. It also incorporates aspects of Chinese philosophy such as harmony, heaven, earth and water. Chinese ideals, culture and even medicine are based on intricate ideas, which became more complex over time.
Each Chinese year is named after a common animal with this year’s being the horse. Whereas the western zodiac signs are named after star constellations and the figures each constellation represents. Depending on where the Sun was positioned in the sky at the time of one’s birth was indicative of their zodiac sign. In the Chinese zodiac, animals were assigned to dates and years that were already noted in advance.

The horse is part of a twelve-year cycle of animals. Each animal sign interacts with five elements: earth, fire, metal, water & wood. Thus, each year is not only an animal but an elemental one as well. 2014 is known to many Chinese people as the year of the Wood Horse. Last year’s sign was the Water Snake. The horse is also the seventh in this cycle.

What does all of this mean?

The horse is energetic and fiery. Its western equivalent is Gemini. Horses are freedom-loving creatures that crave to roam while their other side yearns for love and intimacy. Both qualities can trap the horse as it follows and independent course but needs companionship to ground it.

The horse is attributed to Summer. Its fixed position is south and its fixed element is fire. Therefore, if you live south of anywhere you can predict fiery situations. Things may heat up for good or for bad during the Summer months. Even if your animal sign is not a horse, the year itself will affect how your sign will interact with it.

If you believe in astrological events and its connections to human behaviour and traits, then you are probably wondering what this means for the year 2014. Well, astrologers are convinced this year will be a prosperous one if you have a business in the agriculture or lumber industries, and media companies (relating to newspapers and magazines). Seeing as the horse likes to gallop at a steady pace before it darts ahead, there will be slow moving in the first half for many businesses until a final latter half of the year of fast-moving markets. Apparently financial companies will suffer this year as are those industries related to metals and water.

Want to know if you were born in the year of the horse?

Here’s a list of dates and years to find yours…

Animal Years
Rat 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
Ox 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Tiger 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
Rabbit 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
Dragon 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
Snake 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Horse 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
Goat 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
Monkey 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
Rooster 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
Dog 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
Pig 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019

The STAR Team