The Lunar New Year is a blanket term that marks the beginning of a new year for cultures that adhere to a lunisolar calendar. But it’s mostly associated with the Chinese New Year. Due to the cyclical nature of the moon, the new year date fluctuates each year and occurs within any date between January 21 and February 20.
A Chinese zodiac animal symbolizes each year. The concurrent order is based on a repeating 12-year cycle, consisting of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. According to Chinese traditions, people born in a year that’s represented by the zodiac symbol inherit the traits associated with it. They’re also likely to experience bad luck in that year and should wear something red to avoid negative circumstances.
For 2015, the Lunar New Year symbol is the Goat (or sheep or ram). Traits associated with this symbol include: gentle and mild-mannered personalities, shyness, stability, sympathy, and a strong dedication to kindness and fair treatment. Good health is also associated with people born in the year of the Goat due to their serene and calm manner. Lucky numbers are 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7. The 7th and 30th of any month are considered lucky days according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Brown, red and purple are considered lucky colors. Lucky flowers are carnations and primroses. And north is considered a lucky direction for individuals born in the year of the Goat.
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And Happy New Year!