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 DateEnd DateHeavenly Branch
13th February 19071st February 1908Fire Goat
1st February 19315th February 1932Earth Goat
17th February 191919th February 1392Metal Goat
5th February 194324th January 1944Water Goat
24th January 195511th February 1956Wood Goat
9th February 196722th January 1968Fire Goat
28th January 197915th February 1980Earth Goat
15th February 19913rd February 1992Metal Goat
1st February 200321th February 2004Water Goat
19th February 20157th February 2016Wood Goat
6th February 202725th January 2028Fire Goat
24th January 203911th Feb 2040Earth Goat
11th February 205131 January 2052Metal 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.