Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy New Year!

Today marks the Chinese New Year and it's the Year of the Rat. To borrow from my other blog, A Red Thread to China, I'll post a bit about the New Year:
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year 2008! The Year of the Rat!

2008 The Year of the Rat
2008 Feb. 7
The Year Of The Rat

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2030

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4705 begins on Feb. 18, 2007.
2008 Chinese date new year :2008 Feb. 7

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

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Events on the BCR calendar