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A Kaleidoscope of Chinese Culture-Part Ⅳ

According to the Chinese zodiac, your sign is the animal of the year in which you were born. Every 12 years, therefore, your sign comes around once again. This is called your zodiac year and happens when you turn 12,24,36,48,60 and so on. Your zodiac year is considered a sensitive and unlucky period. During the year one should practice caution. It is a common practice for people in their zodiac year to wear at least some red, be it a belt, underwear or socks, to protect them from misfortune. Animals have played an important role in the life and culture of Chinese people from prehistoric times. In a sense, there is no distinction made between real and mythological animals when they are seen as symbols. Let’s look some words related to Chinese Culture: 神灵---gods, divinities 蜃---clam 娘娘---used in speaking to or of an empress or an imperial concubine 腾飞---to fly swiftly upward; to soar 威武雄壮---full of power and grandeur 皇权---imperial power 天子---the Son of Heaven 龙颜---imperial countenance 紫禁城---the Forbidden City 喜鹊---magpie 牛郎--- cowherd 织女---weaver girl 七夕--- the seventh evening of the seventh lunar month 银河---the Milky Way 鹊桥---Magpies Bridge 福---good fortune; Blessing; happiness 禄---official rank and salary 寿--- long life; longevity 抖搂---to shake off 益鸟---beneficial bird 纪年---a way of numbering the years 生肖---any one of the 12 symbolic animals associated with 12-year cycle, used to denote the year of a person’s birth 宫廷---palace 本命年---every 12th year after the year of one’s birth

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