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Subject: H-Asia: Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year
A dialog on H-Asia list
|Year of the Tiger||Year of the Tiger|
|Year of the Cat||Year of the Rabbit|
The source of confusion comes the phrase
> "Year of the Cat" (or Tiger)
The phrase "(or Tiger)" shouldn't be there.
P.S. Are there rabbits in China? Are they originally there or introduced by Westerners? Must be. Otherwise we won't say the Year of the Rabbit.
Department of Economics, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 16:14:20 -0500
From: "[ISO-8859-1] Holger K=FChnle" <HOLGER@gw.sino.uni-heidelberg.de>
As I didn't see any reply on Elizabeth Bodwitch's question up to now I feel moved to reply although I can't give any details. . .
In some variants of the Chinese lunar calendar/zodiac is the rabbit replaced by a cat. I can't say why, I just know this pure fact. And another one: It's a CAT, NOT a tiger!
So the sequenz of the years within that zodiac remains unchanged, also in Vietnam they will have a year of the tiger (the last one was in 1998 in Vietnam as well as in China). The only difference is that they call this year year of the cat and not year of the rabbit
University of Heidelberg
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 21:10:30 -0600
From: "L. A. Nadybal" <email@example.com>
Where other than Tibet and Bhutan are lunar new years called by combinations of animals and physical characters, i.e, the
iron dragon year (2000)
wood hog year (1995)
iron horse year (1990)?
Anyone have a calendar or a formula which shows or from which can be calculated on what dates in the Gregorian calendars these years start?
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 06:58:33 -0500
From: LEE JOHN # HISTORY <John.Lee@StMarys.ca>
The Chinese scheme, used in all of East Asian countries is as follows:
jia, yi: blue (wood)
bing, ding: red (fire)
wu, ji: yellow (earth)
geng, xin: white (metal)
ren, gui: black (water)
This year is jimao, hence the year of the yellow (or earthen) rabbit (or hare). Next year will be gengchen, hence the year of the white (or metal) dragon.
Department of History
St. Mary's University
Halifax, NS Canada