火豬年 年初一

February 18, 2007 jeansdream

Today (Feb 18) is the Chinese New Year Day! The Year of Fire Dog is now officially replaced by the Year of Fire Boar/Pig. Happy New Year to you (again). How great Chinese people have another chance to have a new start – a second chance – who doesn’t need it. 🙂

You may wonder : why Jean says the year of the “Fire” Boar… isn’t it simply the year of the Boar? Well, yes, it is the year of the Boar, but to be technically correct, you have to add the “basic element” into the Chinese horoscope. What? So… how does this work? Kay, let me try to explain the basic calendar conversion method.

The Chinese lunar calendar has a 60-year cycle. One complete cycle takes 60 years – much longer that most IT release cycles. 😉 Each year is a combination of one of the 5 basic elements (in this order: Gold/Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) and one of the 12 animal signs (in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram/Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig). So the last Chinese New Year was the Fire Dog, and this year is the Fire Boar. Then the year after will be…. Earth Rat, then Earth Ox etc. After the Earth, it will be back to the Gold/Metal and it will be Gold Rat, then Gold Ox etc. Hence, the next Fire Boar will appead in the year … (this is 2007, so it’s… ) 2067. You’ve got it. And if you are more sophisticated, you can throw in the binary cycle on top of the basic elements, but I’ll spare you with that unless you want to go on further and do some reading.

Some Chinese people believe people of the same sign (i.e. born in the year of the unique elment/animal combination) have similar fate. I know a grandma who in particular spoils a grandson rotten because they are one full lunar cycle apart (60 years apart). No surprise really, it’s like how some people believe people of the same (western) horoscope signs (Aries, Taurus etc) have similar characters.

Ah, so much for the explanation! Here, I just want to sincerely wish you a very happy new year (doesn’t matter whether you are Chinese or not, if you want it, it’s yours to celebrate), and may you “sum shern c sing”, “churt yup ping on” and “sun tai kin hong”. Cheers! 🙂

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  • 1. GiGI  |  February 19, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Happy chinese new year to you!


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