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Chinese New Year Starts Feb 19, The Year of the Goat

Chinese New Year is on Thursday, February 19, 2015. It marks the start of the Year of the Wood Sheep in the Chinese zodiac, and the celebration lasts for days.

Report by Paula Antolini
February 19, 2015 9:49PM EDT

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Chinese New Year is on Thursday, February 19, 2015. It marks the start of the Year of the Wood Sheep in the Chinese zodiac, and the celebration lasts for days.

Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar.
It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign.

The Year of the Sheep

The year 2015 is the Year of the Goat, however, you will also see Sheep and Ram used too. The sign’s confusion stems from its Chinese character, “yang,” which broadly describes any of the mammals, with or without horns.

The sheep is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac (Shēngxiào, or 生肖), which is based on a 12-year cycle.

The Year of the Wood Sheep (Wei) starts on February 19, 2015, and ends on February 7, 2016, in the Gregorian calendar. It comes after the Year of the Horse and before the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. During Spring Festival, people put up symbols of the sheep, as well as the “happiness” sign, in their homes.

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Chinese New Year is a festive occasion that calls for celebration in many places around the world.

What Do People Do On Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most important and longest of all Chinese festivals, celebrated in Chinese communities worldwide. Chinese New Year activities include:
• Making offerings to household deities.
• Wearing new clothes, particularly in red.
• Hosting a large banquet for family and friends.
• Taking part in lion and dragon dances, as well as festive parades featuring acrobatic demonstrations, beating gongs, and clashing cymbals.

Many children receive “lucky money” in red envelopes and household doors are open to let good luck enter on Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year may also include a lantern festival, where people hang decorated lanterns in temples and carry lanterns to an evening parade.

About Chinese New Year

This festival is believed go as far back as prehistory. It marks the start of the new lunar cycle and is called the Spring Festival (in the northern hemisphere) as it falls between the
December solsticeand the March equinox.China follows the Gregorian calendar for daily business but the dates of the Chinese New Year and other important festivals are determined by the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese New Year, which is the first day of the first month, in the Chinese calendar is assigned to an animal. According to one belief, Buddha promised gifts to all animals that would pay him homage. Only 12 animals came to honor Buddha so, to favor these 12 animals, each one was given one of the 12 years of the Chinese zodiac. People born during one of the animal’s years are said to inherit distinctive characteristics of that animal. The signs repeat every 12 years.

What Animal Sign Were You Born Under?

Click HERE to see your animal sign.

The Chinese calendar is based on astronomical observations of the sun’s longitude and the moon’s phases. It is believed to have been introduced by Emperor Huangdi (or Huang Ti) at some stage around 2600 to 3000 years BCE. According to legend, the emperor invited the calendar in 2637 BCE. This calendar predates the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced in 1582. The Chinese lunar calendar is used to determine festivals, so the dates of these festivals vary each year. Various Chinese communities around the world also use this calendar.

Symbols

Chinese New Year has various symbols and traditions. For example, flowers are an important part of New Year decorations. Two flowers that are often associated with Chinese New Year are the plum blossom (courage and hope) and the water narcissus (good luck and fortune). Writings that refer to good luck are often seen in homes and business environments. They are usually written by brush on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper. Tangerines and oranges are also displayed in many homes and stores as a sign of luck and wealth.

Envelopes with money (Hong Bao, Ang Pao, or Lai See), often come in the color red, which symbolizes happiness, good luck, success and good fortune. The color red is also used on these envelopes to ward off evil spirits. These envelopes are mainly given as presents to children. Each Chinese New Year is associated with an animal name for one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

What’s Open or Closed?

Chinese New Year is a public holiday in China, which lasts for a few days. It is also a public holiday in countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.

It is not a public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States. However, some businesses may close early and some streets may be closed for a short while to allow for festival parades to take place.

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View video below from ibtimes.co.uk:
“Chinese residents in Beijing flocked to White Cloud Temple on 19 February to welcome the Year of the Goat. On the way in, people rubbed the monkey carving near the entrance, as the animal is believed to bring good luck and ward off bad luck in the year to come. Many came to pray for a better year ahead.”

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