About the Chinese Year
In Chinese Astrology, the Chinese calendar has a twelve
year cycle and each year is named after an animal – forming the 12
animal signs. All information about time – year, month, day and hour
are presented in terms of the five basic elements – metal, water,
wood, fire and earth, which represents the basic components of
everything in the Universe.
The year 2008, in
the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with earth
sitting on top of water.
The Rat belongs to the strongest water
element and it is the first of the 12 animal signs. It also
represents the beginning of a new 12 years cycle. The Year 2008
is a Chinese Brown Earth Rat Year.
As Earth is equivalent to the colour brown in the
Five-Element system, 2008 is also called the Brown Rat year.
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