30 January 2006

Chinese New Year - The Year of the Dog

On the Chinese calendar, 2006 is Lunar Year 4703-4704. On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on January 29, 2006 — The Year of the Dog.

If you were born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006 - you were born under the sign of the dog. For dogs in 2006, realize that you can overcome any recent setbacks or obstacles so look forward to a year where you can shine.

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people by building confidence. They know how to keep secrets. Dog People can be somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. Wealth is not that important to them, yet they always seem to have money. Dog People can be emotionally distant and find fault with things - they are known for their sharp tongues. Dog people also make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.

The Legend:
According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

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