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,
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.