Trivia about the Year of the Dog

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the year. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the western linear concept. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the month, and is constructed in a different fashion than the western solar calendar. It is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600 B.C., when Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived.

The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.” So depending on your particular year of birth, you may be a rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog or pig.

Year 2006 is the year of the Dog. Among the zodiac animal, Dog individuals are the most humanitarian. A person born in the year of the Dog is honest, intelligent and straightforward. He has a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice and fair play.

Born with an innate sense of decency and a need for equilibrium in a chaotic world, he strongly denounce injustice and wrongdoing. His warmth, empathy and genuine interest in others win him many close friendships.

November is the month of the dog individual. His time is from 7:00 PM to 8:59 PM. His direction of orientation is west-northwest and his color is light yellow.

Stamps featuring the Year of the Dog

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