According to Chinese astrology, each year is linked with an animal. Out of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, also known as Sheng Xiao, the goat comes eighth. Other animals that emerge in the lunar calendar are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
February 19, 2015 welcomes the Year of the Goat in celebration of the Chinese New Year, China's nearly all loved festival.
The Chinese New Year is a celebration of many things – folklore, culture, art and tradition. There are many timeless tales of how the holiday came to be and why it is celebrated. One of these tales revolves around the bearing of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, and their order of form in the 12-year calendar cycle. You can enjoyNew Years Eve Events in Baltimore by visiting this site charmcitycountdown.com.
It is the story of the Order of the Animals, scrawled in the records of Chinese history.
The Jade Emperor (the Emperor in Heaven, according to Chinese folklore) prepared the animals to arrive at a exacting point. He declared that the first 12 to arrive would be designated as calendar signs.
At the time, the cat and the rat were good friends. When they heard of the selection process, they decided to go together. As the cat usually slept in, the rat promised to get up him on the morning of the selection. But when morning came, the rat was so excited that he rushed straight to the selection place, leaving the cat behind.