Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Gong Xi Xin Nien

Blessed Chinese New Year from Kebaktian Blog Home Page
May you have a joyous, healthy and
prosperous in what you do.
May you draw close more to Him,
Knowing Him, Loving Him &
Serving Him.
May the Lord fill your heart with joy &
longging for Him.
May His love & grace overflowing
in your heart.
May you commit yourself in the mission
He set for us.

Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Grant us that Way to know,
That truth to keep, that Life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow.

"The Chinese calendar is basically lunar, or based on the moon, consisting of 12 months ofalternately 29 and 30 days. This lunar year totals 354 days. To keep this calendar in stepwith the solar year of about 365 days, intercalary months are periodically inserted in muchthe same way they are in the Jewish calendar. One interesting feature of the Chinesecalendar is the naming of the years. Twelve animal names from ancient times have beenattached to years. These names, in order of their occurrence, are: rat, ox, tiger, hare,dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, fowl, dog, and pig. This cycle of years is frequentlyused for astrological purposes, much the same way the 12 signs of the zodiac are used inthe West to describe personality traits and to tell fortunes."
~From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia~

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