What is Chinese New Year?

What is Chinese New Year?Chinese astrology dates back to ancient times.  Perhaps the oldest known and recorded horoscope system in the world, early inscriptions and records found at archaeological sites indicate that this ancient Chinese art existed as early as the 14th century, B.C.

Unlike Western astrology, Chinese astrology is based on a lunar calendar. Also more philosophical in approach, it endeavors to advise an individual on his or her life choices, fortune, and fate — based on birth year and innate character traits.

The Chinese horoscope is represented by 12 different symbolic animals whose characteristics are believed to influence the fate of everything and everyone born in that year. The signs are: The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The 12-sign zodiac is based on a lunar year, rather than months.  Hence, each of the animal signs lasts an entire year, but begins between mid-January and mid-February.  When the cycle is complete, a new one begins, repeating itself.rd of February. The Chinese New Year 2011 celebrates the year of the Rabbit (born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011). People born under this sign are affectionate, talented, always pleasant, and also value security and tranquility. Rabbit people are very good problem solvers and have excellent judgment. But a Rabbit hates disorder, fighting or engaging in aggressive behavior because of its peaceful nature.  Some notable Rabbits include Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, King Henry V, Confucius and Albert Einstein.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year is rich in traditions, majesty and rituals. In 2011, the Chinese New Year festival will begin on the 3rd of February. The Chinese New Year 2011 celebrates the year of the Rabbit (born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011). People born under this sign are affectionate, talented, always pleasant, and also value security and tranquility. Rabbit people are very good problem solvers and have excellent judgment. But a Rabbit hates disorder, fighting or engaging in aggressive behavior because of its peaceful nature.  Some notable Rabbits include Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, King Henry V, Confucius and Albert Einstein.

Sources:  Wikipedia.com; History.com; Britannica.com; chineseastrologer.org

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