Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!
On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Monday, January 26, 2009 which is The Year of the Ox. Loosely, if you were born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 or 1997, you were born under the sign of the ox. I say loosely because following the Western calendar Emi (born 2007) would a pig (if memory serves) but because she was born on February 2, 2007 she is a dog if following the Lunar calendar. It's really only confusing if someone is born in January or February, then you need to look at the date.
(Oh, and most of this is going on memory. I am by NO means an authority on this subject.)
Here is something that explains it better: Most people’s understanding of the Chinese Zodiac Calendar doesn't extend beyond what they see on the paper placemats that cover the tables of their favorite Chinese restaurants. But there really is much more to know about this doctrine that dates back more than 2,000 years. Something else that people don’t understand from most Chinese Zodiac overviews is that it is based on the Chinese New Year which does not begin on January 1. The date varies but typically is towards the end of January. Therefore, when determining the correct animal, most people born during the month of January should be included as part of the previous year. Also, the 12 phases that make up the Chinese year are lunar months, coinciding with the appearance of each New Moon.
The above information was taken from Chinese Zodiac. There is a link at the top of the page for folks to find their 'real' animal.
We don't have big plans again this year. We had hoped to head on over to the big celebration on Bainbridge Island, but we are going to save that for another year. We are attending a dinner on Friday with our local Chinese adoption group but so far that's all we have planned. I keep researching, hoping to find something else. I think Emi would love to see a lion dance or a parade, just need to find one within reasonable driving distance.