Happy New Year of the Goat

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Chinese New Year 2015 will be the year of the goat A very old custom is to name the years by one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other New Year superstitions.

For people born in the year of the goat (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 ), 2015 is considered an auspicious year. "Goats" are said to like to be in groups. They are honest, intimate, and can be easily moved by the misfortune of others.

What you didn't know about Chinese New Year

Though in winter, Chinese call their New Year holidays 'Spring Festival' (春节 chūnjié /chwnn-jyeah/), because 'Start of Spring' (4–18 February) is the first of the terms in their traditional solar calendar. While wintry weather prevails, 'Start of Spring' marks the end of the coldest part of winter, when the Chinese traditionally could look forward to the beginning of spring.

Traditionally, the 16 days from New Year's Eve until the Lantern Festival each had a special celebration activity. In the evening of 15th day of the first lunar month, on the night of the full moon, families gather for dinner and go out and see fireworks and light lanterns. Lanterns are put up for decoration, let loose to fly, and floated in rivers. No single hour in any other country sees as many tons of fireworks lighted as in China around midnight. China produces about 90% of the world's fireworks.

Vector 3 wishes Happy New Year to all countries celebrating Chinese New Year.

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