As the Year of the Horse draws to a close, Chinese people are preparing to welcome the Year of the Goat which starts on Feb. 19.
The New Year celebration will last 15 days til March 5, finishing with the Lantern Festival. The Year of the Goat ends on Feb. 7, 2016.
In Chinese astrology, there are 12 zodiac animals for each lunar year in the 12-year cycle: Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
2015 is actually Year of the Wood Goat as each animal sign is linked with one of the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire, or earth).
Compared with the other types of goats, the Wood Goat is a little more gentle, and kind.
By nature goats are mild-mannered, romantic, and keen to experience new things. They usually achieve what others ask, and are creative, compassionate, and cautious. Goats tend to have a frugal attitude toward money, though they do like buying fashionable things to keep a fine appearance.
People born in this year are typically shy, stable, and sympathetic, with a strong sense of justice. Although seemingly soft on the surface, goats have great resilience, and strong opinions they insist on.
They are reserved and quiet, spending plenty of time in their thoughts. While also enjoying others’ company, they don’t like being the center of attention.
The goat is one of the most popular animals in the zodiac. Since ancient times, people have used its fleece to make calligraphy brushes, and its skin to keep warm. Being white, delicate and precious white jade is known as “goat suet jade.”
With their serene and calm demeanor, goats tend to have fewer health problems. To maintain wellness, they can eat fresh organic food, and avoid red meat when possible. Spending time in nature, and having a regular schedule for eating and sleeping are also beneficial.
Chinese name Yang 羊 , English name goat, ram, or sheep
• Lucky colors: brown, red, purple
• Lucky numbers: 2, 7
• Lucky flowers: carnation, primrose
• Year of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
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