Chinese Zodiac Signs

Written by Bo Guo

Each Chinese New Year begins onrepparttar day of first new moon. Inrepparttar 146482 western year 2005,repparttar 146483 new moon began on February 9. It wasrepparttar 146484 Chinese year 4702. In actuality, most Chinese began usingrepparttar 146485 western, or solar, calendar inrepparttar 146486 early twentieth century, except on important holidays. Many ofrepparttar 146487 calendars in China show bothrepparttar 146488 solar dates ofrepparttar 146489 western calendar andrepparttar 146490 lunar dates ofrepparttar 146491 Chinese calendar. Chinese astrology is based onrepparttar 146492 twelve cycles ofrepparttar 146493 moon.

The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animals, rather thanrepparttar 146494 solar signs used inrepparttar 146495 west. Inrepparttar 146496 Chinese calendar each period lasts for a full cycle ofrepparttar 146497 moon, from new to full. There are twelve complete lunar cycles in a Chinese zodiac year, but one animal symbolizesrepparttar 146498 entire year. According to their calendar,repparttar 146499 Chinese complete a cycle every twelve years. So if you were born inrepparttar 146500 year ofrepparttar 146501 rat, you would celebrate your zodiac birthday every twelve years, and your Chinese zodiac sign would berepparttar 146502 rat. Inrepparttar 146503 west your astrological sign appears once each year.

The calendar and its animals were created from an ancient legend. It tells us thatrepparttar 146504 animals were all fighting about who was going to be inrepparttar 146505 prime (first) position onrepparttar 146506 Chinese calendar. The gods devised a test in whichrepparttar 146507 animals would compete for their position by swimming across a river. Another version says thatrepparttar 146508 Buddha requested visits byrepparttar 146509 animals before he left earth. He namedrepparttar 146510 moon cycles afterrepparttar 146511 animals in order of appearance. Sorepparttar 146512 Chinese zodiac symbol is a circle divided into twelve equal sections; think of it as if you were marking off slices of a pie. There is a picture ofrepparttar 146513 animal representing that Chinese zodiac sign in each section. The calendar’s use dates clear back to 2600 BC.

The animals used in Chinese astrology are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and boar (pig). Persons born during their cycle are said to take on their animal traits:

Russian Mail Order Bride - “RETURN TO SENDER"

Written by Marina Smiley

Did you know that at least ninety percent ofrepparttar women fromrepparttar 145860 Former Soviet Union, countries such as Belarus, Ukraine and Russia haven’t repparttar 145861 foggiest notion whatrepparttar 145862 meaning of “mail order bride” is?

They have no comprehension ofrepparttar 145863 term “mail order bride” because it was never a part of their culture or history. A “mail order bride is more of a recent phenomena, starting inrepparttar 145864 mid 1800's, steeped more inrepparttar 145865 cultures of North America rather than in Russia. In this article I will discuss how this notion of "mail order brides” could reflect on your Russian wife.

Withrepparttar 145866 advent ofrepparttar 145867 Internet,repparttar 145868 world began to open up to all peoples with many dating and singles web-sites spring up all over repparttar 145869 net.. Because there is a shortage of men in Russia, Russian women have turned to finding love and happiness with men of other countries , for them Internet dating looked like an exciting way to find love and happiness.

Unfortunately for most of these women, they learnrepparttar 145870 stigma ofrepparttar 145871 term “ Mail Order Bride” after finally arriving inrepparttar 145872 Western world. Most likelyrepparttar 145873 biggest shock your Russian wife is going to get isrepparttar 145874 negative connotation, “Mail Order Bride” has and how this relates to her, personally.

I know many Russian-western couples and each react differently torepparttar 145875 “mail order bride” labeling. There are those lucky couples who have very supportive friends and relatives whererepparttar 145876 “mail order bride” question has never arisen.

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