Happy Chinese New Year of the Sheep!

Four years ago I was in Hongkong during Chinese New Year when the start of the Year of the Rabbit was celebrated. Although Hongkong was overcrowed with locals, expats and tourists in honour of this occasion, it has been amazing to experience the festivities in an East Asia and I wish I could now be in China or in a country where Chinese New Year is celebrated. My stay in Hongkong in 2011 is the reason why I wrote posts for Chinese New Year last year and the year before, ever since establishing this blog in October 2012.

Chinese New Year Hongkong

Decoration in Hongkong for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Hongkong

Children are dressed up for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Hongkong

Decoration in Hongkong for Chinese New Year at night

Everywhere Chinese New Year is celebrated with rituals and performances. In Beijing every year on the first day of Chinese New Year an ancient royal ceremony is rolling out of the Temple of Heaven to worship the heaven. This is a performance to recite the ancient royal rituals in Qing Dynasty.

Yesterday the Year of the Sheep respectively the Year of the Goat has started. The chinese word “Yang” can mean both sheep and goat. Due to the Chinese Horoscope you are a Sheep or Goat when you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015. If you are born in January or February, you should take a look in the moon calendar because then you might still be born in the Year of the Horse.

Sheeps Animal Bazaar Kashgar China

Sheeps at the Animal Bazaar – “Mal Bazaar” – in Kashgar, Northwest China

Sheeps respectively Goats are considered to be gentle, mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic and amicable with a strong sense of kindheartness and justice.

When you are Sheep respectively Goat your love compatibility is best with Rabbits, Horses or Pigs while it is worst with people who were born in the Years of the Ox, the Dragon, the Snake or the Dog.

Your lucky numbers 2 and 7, your lucky flowers are carnation and primrose.

When I was in China in 2013 I was told that it is most important to wear red underwear or alternatively red socks in the year of your chinese zodiac to keep all evil away from you and that’s what the correspondent of the newspaper I work for also wrote a few years ago. Superstition or not, it probably doesn’t hurt to have at least a few red pieces of underwear in your wardrobe.