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  • Happy & ProsperousLunar New Year

    of The Sheep

    Special SectionFebruary 19, 2015

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    2015 Lunar New Year of The Sheep Georgia Asian Times

  • Georgia Asian Times 2015 Lunar New Year of The Sheep

    The Year of The Sheep

    Traits and Predictions for Year of the Sheep 2015

    In accordance to the Chinese calendar and meaning, the Year of the Sheep 2015 dates starts from February 19 2015 up to February 7 2016. The 2015 Year of the Sheep falls under the element of Wood.

    Under the influence of the ele-ment Wood, the sheep is a witty in-dividual who is very thoughtful and is mindful to others wishing. He is generous, sentimental and has high moral in life. He completely trusts those people who inspire him.

    Lucky numbers for someone who is born under The Year Of The Sheep are red, green and purple. Their lucky flowers are carnation and primrose. The auspicious directions for those who are born under the Year of the Sheep are South, East and Southeast.

    More about The Sheeps Profile:

    As mentioned, the Year 2015 is the Year of the Sheep which be-

    longs to the element of the Wood. The Sheep is the eight sign in the Chinese calendar which make it seems to be a good aspect since the number 8 is a lucky number ac-cording to the Chinese beliefs. The number is also believed to attri-butes prosperity and peace.

    People who are born under the Year of the Sheep commonly belong to a lower or middle-class family. Although the Sheep may not be a member to an upper-class part of the society, he knows how to adjust when he is with the elites. He does not discriminate others weakness-es and he helps whenever he can. As a matter of fact, it is the Sheeps happiness to make other people happy.

    A Sheep is a natural humanitari-an yet he is not too attached to pets.

    The Sheeps Strengths:

    Sheeps are intellectual individ-uals who always have clever ideas about certain things. They cau-tiously and circumspectly cope up

    with sensitive business matters. These individuals do not usually plan about their future but they can intelligently cope up with the flow of their lives whether good or bad things happen. They are emotion-ally strong and are physically fit. Most women Sheep are into out-door activities while the male ones tend to focus their energy on their jobs or business.

    The Sheeps Weaknesses:

    Sheeps are over-anxious people. They worry about almost every-thing. At some point of their lives, they become pessimistic. Theyre oversensitive, moody and are puz-zled about life. They are not usually open about their emotions. They usually out-of-the-earth theories which are usually overlooked by their colleague as obscenity.

    Positive and Negative Traits about Sheeps:

    Sheeps are very artistic, whimsy and are loyal. With their very artis-tic minds, it is not surprising that sheeps are into beauty, whether it is about things or places. For them, living in balance is being in a peace-ful and harmonious environment. They are great craftsmen. Sheeps are not materialistic although they are big time spenders who usually spend their monies on foods and for things that comforts them.

    When a sheep is upset, he would rather bottle up his emotions and not talk to the person that he is mad at. This kind of behavior has a large negative on his relationships futures. Time will come that hell vent out all his negative emotions and, chances are, he may throw those negativities to a person who is not related to the issues. The Sheep can also be needy and mutu-ally clingy.

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    F Usually written on a red piece of paper, this character is pasted everywhere. While some may paste the sign the right way up, its normally pasted upside down. The word (F) means good fortune. When pasted upside down, it is inverted ( dao), which is also a homonym for the word (do), meaning, to arrive. So when this word is inverted, it becomes an auspicious symbol as it signals the arrival of good fortune.

    Theres also a historical anecdote which explains the origins of this cus-tom. In the Ming dynasty, the Emperor pasted this word on someones door when he wanted to kill that person. The Empress discovered his cruelty and found a clever way to outsmart her husband. She decreed that all doors should be pasted with this character, though an illiter-ate family pasted it upside down. The next day, the Emperor made his rounds and was furious as he could not find the house of his victim. Seeing the inverted word made him even more incensed, and he ordered that family to be put to death. The Empress quickly intervened, telling him that it was a good omen as it signaled the arrival of good fortune. The family was pardoned, and subsequent generations still carry out this tradition.

    Spring Couplets (Chun Lin/Du Lin / )Like the word Fu, spring couplets are also pasted at the entrance of homes and businesses during the Lunar New Year. The origins of Chinese couplets are murky and date back to folklore. Two of the most fearsome warriors of the heavens were sent by the Jade Emperor to vanquish demons which were harassing the people. Soon after, many artistic repre-sentations of these warriors ap

    peared on doors as the Chinese believed that their spirits would protect the residents of the house. In time, they came to be known as door gods. When illustrating these door gods proved to be tedious, many chose to write their names on peach boards instead. This practice evolved over time and people began to write their wishes for the New Year on pieces of red paper, which gave rise to this tradition.

    Spring couplets are read from right to left. Both lines must have the same amount of characters, so writing them requires a bit of poetic prowess. Its helpful to think of the couplets as mirrors of each other, as each word in the second line must be the opposite of each word in the first line. Many people write their own couplets to express auspicious sentiments.

    Lion Dance/Dragon Dance (wu lng/wu sh )Lion and Dragon dances are performed to usher in the New Year. The lion dances origins go back to the Northern and Southern Song Dynasty when Emperor Wen tried to find a way to fight against General Fan Yan, who headed an army of elephants. Emperor Wens governor, Tan He came up with a plan to dress his soldiers like lions to scare the elephant away. They succeeded and soon, the lion dance became part of Chinese culture.

    Sometimes, a fellow dancer wearing a mask leads the lion to eat orang-es, or peel a pomelo, with the latter signifying prosperity. Sometimes, the lion is made to pick vegetables. The lion eats the vegetables and spits them out, and this signifies abundance throughout the year. The dance ends in the lion leaping for the red packet (angpow) though the red packet is sometime given after the performance. The dragon dance, however, is performed to give thanks to a mytho-logical dragon who gave rain to the people, despite opposition from the Jade Emperor in heaven. The dragon is also a symbol of a bountiful harvest as the Chinese people believed that these mystical creatures bestowed rain upon the people.

    During dragon dances, the dragon chases after a pearl, which symbol-izes the search for wisdom. The dragon is often green, which signifies a good harvest, though red and gold are more common now. Like the lion dance, the dragon comes to life with graceful movements, making it enjoyable to watch.


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    Lunar New Year Food TraditionLunar New Year is almost upon us

    and Chinese families everywhere are scrambling to prepare for the celebra-tions by cooking up a storm for reunion dinner. Auspicious ingredients must be sourced well ahead of time before the stores run out of them (or the best available quality anyway).

    How does an ingredient qualify as auspicious? For the Chinese, symbol-ism is of paramount importance. Hom-onyms words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings are the reason why certain dishes or ingredients are popular during the Lunar New Year. It has less to do with the tastes of the ingredient (though thats important too) and more to do with their symbolic meaning

    This is why so many dishes during reunion dinner of the Lunar New Year Eve feature black moss or fatt choy, as its name sounds like gaining wealth, and eating dried oysters (ho xi) sym-

    bolizes good luck. Fish is a must as its name in Chi-nese, yu, means having a surplus something most prosperity-conscious folks are keen on.

    Its no easy task though, especially when you are preparing a feast for a big family. As our parents age, even the simplest dish takes more care and effort to assemble. Filial c