Chinese civilisation is one of the oldest with good tradition and wisdom. They follow an animal zodiac of twelve signs and a sexagonary cycle of years (60 years cycle) similar to ours. These sixty years are interpolated into five elements and the twelve animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac totaling sixty years. The Chinese lunar calendar of these sixty years was first introduced by the Chinese Emperor Hwang Ti in 2637 B.C. The 78th sexagonary cycle started on February 6th, 1984 and will end after 60 years (2044 A.D.) Lunar year usually begins roughly around February 5th or a few days prior to or after the Hindu New Moon Day. Each year is named in honour of one animal who came to bid Lord Buddha farewell as he was about to leave the earth. As a reward, Buddha decreed that each animal would have rulership over a year and would be the animal to hide in the hearts of those born during the year. The ensuing Chinese New Year is named as a ‘Rat year and its element is earth positive. The Chinese New year 2020 will start on 25th January 2020 and will extend upto 12th February 2021.
Chinese New Year 2020 – Year of the Metal Rat