The first day of the 2015 Chinese New Year is on February 19, 2015 in China’s time zone. This day is a new moon day, and is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 07:48 a.m. on 19-Feb-2015 in China’s time zone.
The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4712th year on February 19, 2015. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Green Wood Sheep is the 32nd Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 32 = 4712, therefore 2015 is the Wooden Sheep year, which is the 4712th Chinese Year.
2015 is the year of Sheep. Some people say 2015 is a Green Sheep or Wooden Sheep year. This is because the Stem-Branch Calendar is connected to the Five Element theory. Chinese calendars used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Chinese Horoscopes Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use animal names.
The Branch sequence order is 12 Chinese Zodiac Sign Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin with WoodenRatMale WoodMouseWooden Rat and end with Water Pig WaterPigWater Pig. You can see the entire sequence from the Chinese New Year’s page. From 1924 to 1983 is a complete cycle. Year 2015 is Female Wood Sheep WoodSheep YearFemale Wood2015 Sheepthe 32nd of the Stem-Branch in the system. Because Wood is connected to Tree or Greenin the Five-Element system, Year 2015 is also called the Green Sheepyear.
A Sheep is a farmland animal. Sheep are herbivore and like to eat grass. Therefore, Sheep contains Earth and Wood in Chinese Five Element theory. The Sheep hour of Chinese Horoscopes is from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. The ground has absorbed lots of heat at noon. July is connected to Sheep. July is still summer. Therefore, Sheep also contains Fire. Some Chinese eat lamb during the winter in order to keep warm.
Sheep is one of Chinese lucky animals. Sheep doesn’t have to do the farm work. Instead, all the farmland jobs go to the Ox. Therefore, Ox doesn’t like Sheep. Sheep have freedom to look for any kind of grasses. They never worry about running out of grass. They have mild personality and are friendly to human. Chinese treat Sheep as an auspicious animal.
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