26 January, 2009


GONG XI FA CAI: HAPPY 牛 YEAR 2009 To All ... wishing all my readers a happy year of the ox, have a good year ahead.....

Year 2009 is a Chinese Brown Earth (Soil) Cow Year.

Why did the Chinese name the year 2009 as the Brown Earth Cow Year? Chinese calendar used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use the animal names.

The Branch sequence order is Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin with Wooden Rat and end with Water Pig.

The Year 2009 (Brown Cow) is the 4706th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4706th year on February 4th, 2009. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Brown Cow is the 26th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4705 = (60 *78) + 26, therefore this Brown Cow Year is the 4706th Chinese Year.




Anonymous tikno said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai
Xin Nian Kuai Le

January 29, 2009 3:03 AM  
Blogger Linken Lim said...


Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le to you too !

January 30, 2009 7:25 PM  

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