Kung Hei Fat Choi!
It's Chinese New year once again..and this year is my lucky year *hooray for Roosters!* ;), the year of the Water Dragon! (",)
According to Wiki, Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival," since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts with lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year. It marks the end of the winter season.
A lot of Filipinos have also adopted this celebration and an act of good will, it has been declared by Pres. Noynoy Aquino as a special non-working holiday in the Philippines through Proclamation No. 295, s. 2011:
WHEREAS, on January 23, 2012, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 23 January 2012 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
According to Chinese folklore, the Jade Emperor summoned all the animals to a meeting. He had also decreed that the years on the calendar would be named for each animal as they arrived to the meeting. To know about the complete story, you may ask Mr. Wiki.
Here's the complete list of 12 Chinese Animals in order: Rat, Ox (Gabriel is an Ox), Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and the 12th is the Pig.
Some good reads I found on the web in case you also want to read about your Chinese astrology sign:
Hope for the Year of the Water Dragon - from yahoo
So what's your Chinese animal sign? Good luck! (",)
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Disclaimer: Although I read these stuffs, as my Mom taught me that "Life is what we make it." And whatever happens to us is also a product of our hard work and determination *or lack of*. And only the One above knows what's in store for us and He always has the best plans. (",)