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Welcome to the Party, Golden Babes

31 October 2006
 

Chinese revere dragon. When it comes to golden dragon, they fall for it. And it is literally. Then a large amount of tiny golden dragons are born.

Year 2000 is a golden dragon year, only once in every sixty years. The fact that 2000 is also the threshold to new millennia makes Chinese couple fell even harder.

The result? When the new school year began in this September, many primary schools in China found themselves having to cope with the sudden surge of the new students, as the babies born in 2000, now having turned six, are twice as many as that in the previous years. In 1999, the number of newborns is 19 million, and in 2001 the figure is a little more than 17 million. But the year between them, 2000, China got 36 million tiny dragons.

But Chinese do not just love dragon. They love piggy too. When it is a golden pig year, they fall …. in love with each other, and then a large number of tiny golden piglets are born.

If somebody says that the head of Chinese primary schools will again ache seven years later in 2013, that is not far off the mark. Just look how many young Chinese lining up to get married this year. To most of them it is a strategic move aiming at bringing home a Golden Babe (金猪宝宝) next year. Because 2007 is a Golden Pig year, that only occurs once in every 60 years.

However, some China’s planning experts have expressed their concerns over the extra pressure brought by the uneven growth of the population on China’s already strained infrastructure system, especially in the areas of education and hospital services.

Babe: Pressure? What pressure? You mean I'm too fat too heavy for the straw mat? Okay, how about I sleep like this?

But by now, most ordinary folks just happily look forward to see little cute fat babes emerging one after another, and crawling and squeaking all over the land of China …… An era of golden babe is dawn, cheers!

The 60-year Complete Cycle
(ten heavenly stems x twelve earthly branches)

The 12-year wood cycle

Yang wood mice 1924, 1984
Yin wood ox 1925, 1985
Yang fire tiger 1926, 1986
Yin fire rabbit 1927, 1987
Yang earth dragon 1928, 1988
Yin earth snake 1929, 1989
Yang metal horse 1930, 1990
Yin metal sheet 1931, 1991
Yang water monkey 1932, 1992
Yin water rooster 1933, 1993
Yang wood dog 1934, 1994
Yin wood pig 1935, 1995

The 12-year fire cycle

Yang fire mice 1936, 1996
Yin fire ox 1937, 1997
Yang earth tiger 1938, 1998
Yin earth rabbit 1939, 1999
Yang metal dragon 1940, 2000
Yin metal snake 1941, 2001
Yang water horse 1942, 2003
Yin water sheet 1943, 2003
Yang wood monkey 1944, 2004
Yin wood rooster 1945, 2005
Yang fire dog 1946, 2006
Yin fire pig 1947, 2007

The 12-year earth cycle

Yang earth mice 1948, 2008
Yin earth ox 1949, 2009
Yang metal tiger 1950, 2010
Yin metal rabbit 1951, 2011
Yang water dragon 1952, 2012
Yin water snake 1953, 2013
Yang wood horse 1954, 2014
Yin wood sheep 1955, 2015
Yang fire monkey 1956, 2016
Yin fire rooster 1957, 2017
Yang earth dog 1958, 2018
Yin earth pig 1959, 2019

The 12-year metal cycle

Yang metal mice 1960, 2020
Yin metal ox 1061, 2021
Yang water tiger 1062, 2022
Yin water rabbit 1063, 2023
Yang wood dragon 1064, 2024
Yin wood snake 1065, 2025
Yang fire horse 1066, 2026
Yin fire sheep 1067, 2027
Yang earth monkey 1068, 2028
Yin earth rooster 1069, 2029
Yang metal dog 1070, 2030
Yin metal pig 1071, 2031

The 12-year water cycle

Yang water mice 1972, 2032
Yin water ox 1973, 2033
Yang wood tiger 1974, 2034
Yin wood rabbit 1975, 2035
Yang fire dragon 1976, 2036
Yin fire snake 1977, 2037
Yang earth horse 1978, 2038
Yin earth sheep 1979, 2039
Yang metal money 1980, 2040
Yin metal rooster 1981, 2041
Yang water dog 1982, 2042
Yin water pig 1983, 2043

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