Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Sheep

China said goodbye to the Year of the Horse on Wednesday, and on the first day of the new lunar year revelers welcomed the Year of the Sheep— which is also known as the Year of the Goat —  or 'Year of the horned animal'. Chinese use the same word, "yang," for many animals, including sheep, goat and rams. The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on 19 February and is already underway in China and across Asia. The day and is a public holiday in countries such as Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia where there are large Chinese populations. Hundreds of millions of people travel home to spend New Year with their families and this holiday is said to be the world's biggest annual migration.

Those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003 are sheep/ram/goats, and they can count their lucky colours as brown, red and purple while 2 and 7 are lucky numbers individually or together, like 27 or 72 for 2015.

The Chinese Zodiac sees the sheep as a gentle and calm creature that highlights the most beautiful things in the world and those born in the Year of the Sheep are considered to be creative, friendly and thoughtful.

Good luck and prosperity in 2015.

..... Devashree Goenka