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Chinese New Year of Puppy

23 January 2006

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China, which consists of a series of lengthy period of celebrations.

It starts on the first day of the first month, i.e. the day of the second new moon after the day on which the winter solstice occurs, and ends with the Lantern Festival on the first full moon night of the year.

However, the starting day of the Fire Dog Year is actually February 4th, 2006, for it is the first day of the first lunar month, which is called "Start of Spring", as by then the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. In the China time zone, this year the sun will enter such a position at 4 Feb, 07:27am.

The Fire Dog Year 2006 is also year 4703 in Chinese calendar. The Yellow King, who is considered to be the common ancestor of all ethnic Han Chinese, ascended the throne in 2697 B.C. and formally established the Chinese nation. Since the Chinese calendar uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Fire Dog is the 23rd in the circle, (60x78) + 23 = 4703, therefore this year is the 4703rd Chinese Year.

Chinese New Year is the time when the largest migration takes place as Chinese all over the world return home to have reunion dinner with their family on the eve, waiting to greet the new year and grow one year older together at the midnight. It is called shousui.

Chinese used to view the Nian as a predator who could infiltrate houses silently, but it can be scared away with spectacular fireworks and firecrackers.

Gone is the dangerous year of cock, 2005

Let's farewell the cock and welcome the puppy ...

And see to where the puppy will lead us in 2006

Year of Dog 2006 is after Monkey 2004 and Rooster 2005 in the circle formed by the twelve zodiac symbols, namely rat (yang water), ox (yin earth), tiger (yang wood), rabbit (yin wood), dragon (yang earth), snake (yin fire), horse (yang fire), goat (yin earth), monkey (yang metal), rooster (yin metal), dog (yang earth) and pig (yin water).

Dog is chiefly an Earth agent, but also contains traits of Fire and Metal. In fact, it is the storehouse of Fire and the ending mark to the sequence of Metal. In this regard, generally speaking, 2006 will be a favourable year to people who need a bit of dry and hot element to balance their cold and wet birth chart.

Since 2007 will be a year of Pig, which is a Water sign, 2006 serves as the turning point: from the Metal cycle to the Water cycle. It is believed that if you have any unfinished businesses in 2005, it's wise to bring them to a conclusion within year 2006.


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