Year of the Goat

Yes, yes, I’m slightly late, but better late than never right?

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China, but it is celebrated by many others too in various countries. It is by far my personal favorite non-Western holiday, because I’ve practically grown up celebrating it each year. I’ve always loved preparing everything for the new lunar year – zodiac posters, lanterns, oranges, Chinese knots, and door decorations that bring good luck. Not to mention all the fire works at night, which as a child, I would sit at the windowsill and watch in awe at the colors lighting up the night sky.

With Chinese New Year now here and gone, the year of the goat is upon us.

Those born in the year 1919, 1931, 1943, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2003 are born in the year of the goat. According to TravelChinaGuide, people born in the year of the goat are wise, gentle, and compassionate. There’s a lot more on that website should you wish to explore everything else about the goat, and other zodiac signs can be found on the left-hand side as well.

Before I close off this post, something interesting about the Year of the Goat is that people aren’t exactly sure if it really is about a goat, or if it’s a sheep or ram. The Chinese character for all three of these similar animals is 羊 , so there’s no definite way to know which three of these hoofed animals it is in English.

Paper Goat

 

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