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The Chinese Year

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Year or the Chinese zodiac (Sheng Xiao in the Chinese language) simulates the Western zodiac in that as the latter is divided into months, the former is divided into years. As there are twelve Western zodiac months there are twelve Chinese zodiac years. The Western zodiac follows the sun whereas the Chinese follow the moon. Each year is symbolized by a specific animal with its well-known attributes. It is widely practiced not only in China but also in other parts of East Asia, in particular Vietnam and Korea.

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The Chinese believe strongly in mythology and legends. Many legends surround the inclusion of these diverse animals in the Chinese zodiac and in that particular order. Accordingly, they have this legend behind the Chinese Year. One legends tell that in early times there was no way to mark the times. So, during his time, Buddha decided to call all animals to participate in a race. They were to cross a river and end at the finish line beyond it. The prize was that they would have their positions in the annual calendar in the sequence in which they completed the race. Only the above mentioned twelve animals came. The race started. With the prize in focus, each used their brains, their brawn or their craftiness.

Interestingly, the rat, though smallest amongst the twelve, emerged a winner. It climbed on the buffalo which was leading the race. When the buffalo reached the other river bank, it immediately jumped off the buffalo’s back and reached the finish line first. The buffalo came second. The tiger, a good swimmer came in third. The rabbit came fourth. It jumped from one stone on to the other then clung to a floating log of wood. In the last moments the dragon helped it to reach the other side of the river bank. And so the dragon came in fifth. The snake came sixth. It craftily hid in the hoof of the horse while the latter crossed the river and jumped off towards the end of the race scaring the horse which therefore came in seventh.

The rooster, monkey and the goat helped each other across the river and got the position in sequence in which they ended the race. The dog, a good swimmer, was expected to perform better, obtained the eleventh position. The reason was that the dog had not taken a bath for several days and seeing the fresh, clean water of the river, it decided to take a bath before proceeding with the race. The pig was last and not without a reason! It spent a good time in feasting and later took a good rest but finally did finish the race.

Some legends have that instead of Buddha, it was the Jade Emperor who had invited the animals.

Following is the table showing chinese animal years

Rat
Ox
Tiger
Hare
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig
rat ox tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig
 
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
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2027
2028
2029
2030
2031
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2033
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2036
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2093
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2097
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2099
2100
2101
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Today's Panchangam 30 - 08 - 2014

The table given below shows the daily panchangam. Today's Panchangam (August 30, 2014) for Chennai:

VaaraSaturday
NakshatraChitra
TithiPanchami
PakshaSukla Paksha
KaranaBava
YogaSukla
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The table given below shows the daily Kaal Timings. Today's Kaal Timings (August 30, 2014) for Chennai:

Rahu Kal 09:05 AM - 10:37 AM
Yamaganda Kaal 01:41 PM - 03:13 PM
Gulika Kaal 06:01 AM - 07:33 AM
In effect Not in effect
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