The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) dates from 2600 BC. This was when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

The first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February of each year. On the Chinese calendar, 2007 is Lunar Year 4704-4705. On the Western calendar, the start of the Chinese New Year falls on February 18, 2007. This is the year of the Pig!

If you were born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983 or 1995, you were born under the sign of the pig. Like the pig, you are highly regarded for your chilvary and pureness of heart, and you often make friends for life. For pigs in 2007, any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome so look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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