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  Weekly Feature (January 21, 2008)

Chinese New Year
by Dina


Chinese months are based on the lunar calendar, with each month starting on the darkest day. As a result, the first day of the year can fall between late January and the middle of February.

Chinese New Year falls on February 7th this year and celebrates the year of the rat.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The other 11 animals are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

Each animal has its own set of personality traits. The rat is the most industrious and hardest working in the zodiac. People born under this sign are born perfectionists. Rats must ensure that every "i" is dotted before completing an assigned task. Rats are most compatible with the dragon, monkey, and ox.

To find how the Chinese calendar works as well as finding your sign in the zodiac

To read your horoscope for the New Year

To learn more about Chinese New Year, including the 15-day celebration, traditional foods, decorations, and superstitions go to

Gung Hay Fat Choy!


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January: Hot Tea Month

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