19 February 2015

Greetings on Chinese New Year 4712



2015 Year of the Sheep Postcard

“Xin Nian Hao” - HAPPY (CHINESE) NEW YEAR 4712 !

The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year and the first day is on February 19, 2015. Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac – 2015 is the year of the Sheep.The Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.




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).  

Chinese Shell stamp


If you want to know which animal you are like by entering your date of birth at http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ChineseNewYear/Zodiac

Read special article by Dr SK Agrawal on Chinese New Year in Rainbow Stamp News on following links : 

Chinese New Year   Part I  http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/2014/12/rainbow-january-2015.html

Chinese New Year   Part 2   http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/2015/01/rainbow-february-2015.html  

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