THE RYDGES POST
Happy (Chinese) New Year! 2015 is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) and while the actual NY date is February 19, celebrations continue for a couple of weeks. It is the longest holiday in China and the most important day of the year. Celebrations happen all around the world with big celebrations in London and San Francisco as well as communities across Australia – the biggest celebrations are in Sydney’s Chinatown and Melbourne’s Chinatown where dancing dragons, lanterns and lucky money envelopes abound.
Those born sheep or goats will have their year of birth as 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.
If you go by the traditional zodiacal personality traits, these folk are peaceful, shy, mild-mannered and kind while being resilient and tough on the inside.
The lucky flowers for sheep/goats are carnations and primroses, lucky numbers are two and seven and lucky colours are brown, red and purple. Lucky months are August and November so it looks like the sheep already have their numbers and colours for the Melbourne Cup. If you are a sheep/goat looking for a compatible life partner, best seek out a rabbit, horse or a pig.
If you want to wish any Chinese people Happy New Year in their own language, in Mandarin language it is is ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le' and the Cantonese is Gong Hei Fat Choy ...Here is a You Yube link on how to pronounce Xin Nian Kuai Le: