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									                      Chinese Zodiac Calendar --What year were you born? What zodiac sign are you?
The Chinese Zodiac                    Rat           1924      1936       1948      1960      1972       1984      1996       2008
consists of a 12-year cycle,          Ox            1925      1937       1949      1961      1973       1985      1997       2009
each year of which is named           Tiger         1926      1938       1950      1962      1974       1986      1998       2010
after a different animal that         Rabbit        1927      1939       1951      1963      1975       1987      1999       2011
imparts distinct characteristics      Dragon        1928      1940       1952      1964      1976       1988      2000       2012
to its year. Many Chinese             Snake         1929      1941       1953      1965      1977       1989      2001       2013
believe that the year of a person’s   Horse         1930      1942       1954      1966      1978       1990      2002       2014
birth is the primary factor in        Sheep         1931      1943       1955      1967      1979       1991      2003       2015
determining that person’s             Monkey        1932      1944       1956      1968      1980       1992      2004       2016
personality traits, physical &        Rooster       1933      1945       1957      1969      1981       1993      2005       2017
mental attributes & degree of         Dog           1934      1946       1958      1970      1982       1994      2006       2018
success & happiness throughout        Pig           1935      1947       1959      1971      1983       1995      2007       2019
his/her lifetime.
                                       2011 Horoscopes for the Year of the Hare/Rabbit

RABBIT: Career Advancement is better than others. However, be careful of jealousy from others that lead to possible lawsuits.
Business is in prosperity with good fortune. Grasp the opportunity & pursuit for better reward. Social life is very active, yet soul
mate is hard to find. Be patient.

DRAGON: It is a very prosperous year with great chances to succeed. Good luck is knocking at your door; even bad outcome
turns into good. Although earnings are sufficient, yet try to manage your financial plan better to avoid unnecessary expenses.

SNAKE: Chances for outward expansion are possible. However, they are not smooth rides. Expansions might be hindered by
unforeseeable outcome. Income might diminish if not carefully planned. Be aware of being cheated, so don’t trust others easily.
Love life is unpredictable & can easily get hurt, so let fate take its own course.

HORSE: A very smooth year. The harder you work, the more you earn. However, keep yourself humble. It’s going to be a
prosperous year with unexpected income occasionally. Happiness & prosperity are knocking at your door. However, don’t be

SHEEP: Easily to be accused by others, it might be a rough year. Keep yourself calm & under control. Income is diminishing
while expenses are increasing. Don’t be greedy on money that doesn’t belong to you. Be conservative. Relationship is mixed
with love & dislike. Don’t force each other and stay in harmony.

MONKEY: A well carried out plan & determination will lead your career into a successful year. Business runs smoothly with
relatively good returns, yet don’t be greedy. Be careful of jealousy from others. Easily get into arguments so watch your lips in
order to maintain a harmonious relationship.

ROOSTER: Gossip leads to possible lawsuits. Therefore, think twice before you act. It’s an uneven ride throughout the year.
Don’t invest all at one time; otherwise, there is nothing left in your pocket. Love relationship is very emotional. Try to control
your mood & don’t force other’s will.

DOG: Try to open up yourself for changes, otherwise, your career advancement might be stagnant. Try to cut unnecessary
expenses & reconcile budget carefully to avoid financial crisis. Love relationship is unpredictable & mixed with extreme love &
dislike. Try to build a better communication channel.

PIG: Easily get into arguments with your colleagues, yet the outcome is always on your side. Keep a low profile to avoid
extreme ups & downs. Rewards are unpredictable, so hold back on investment. Relationship is unstable & unpredictable. Stay

RAT: Your creativity is in abundance, so it’s a good year for new venture. However, try not to over accelerate. Luck is dim &
unsteady. Try to pay more attention to investment. A year filled with joyful & active social life; yet don’t indulge yourself.

OX: There are a lot of arguments at work. So try to be patient & peaceful with one another. Money comes & goes easily. A
sound financial plan is a good start. Be conservative & careful when meeting new friends. Keep yourself relatively alert.

TIGER: Business is relatively smooth, so a good year to explore new investment to avoid any opportunities lost. A year with
steady income; both business & investment might yield good returns. Solemn & lonely; don’t force yourself; let fate take its
own course.

Mrs. Lee’s Chinese New Year Presentation 2011             
                                       Host Gifts for Chinese New Year

                                           by Sara Naumann, Guide

Introduction: So you're invited over to someone's home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Either on the mainland, or in
Berlin, Chinese and non-Chinese will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. And why not? Plenty of Western holidays
(Christmas, Valentine's Day) are exported, why not have fun with Chinese New Year wherever you are. It's a great excuse
for a party.

What is traditional to bring? There doesn’t seem to be any fixed traditional items that you should or would be expected
to bring (unless there are kids involved, see "Hong Bao" below). The main idea about Chinese New Year in Mainland
China is about getting together with family. It's like Thanksgiving in the US or Christmas in Europe. You travel long
distances to overeat, over-drink, stay up too late, argue with your parents, etc. It's a worldwide routine.

The main focus is on food. Chinese families will prepare their new year meal for many days. So think food and drink and
the color red.

What to bring your hosts: Like I said – food and drink. It doesn't have to be fancy, but of course, a little extra effort is
always nice and appreciated. It is nicer to present things in a gift box. You may be able to buy pre-packaged items in a gift
box but you can do it yourself with some red paper and gold trimmings.

       Alcohol: If your hosts drink alcohol, find out what they like. They'll appreciate a nice bottle of whatever it is.

       Tea: Chinese people love tea. Even if your hosts aren’t Chinese, this will be a nice gesture. Loose tea is better
        than bagged tea for gifts (and please, no Lipton Yellow tea bags).

       Sweets: Who doesn't appreciate sweets? You can even bake something yourself or buy something nice to share or
        pass around. If your hosts are Chinese, then they might appreciate something that lasts for several days as they'll
        have a lot of visitors over the next weeks and they'll be able to share the nice treats with visitors.

       Fruit: The fruit basket is an ubiquitous symbol of Chinese New Year around the streets of Shanghai at least. But
        one local told me that if she's going to a good friend's she doesn't bother with the basket as she (and the friend)
        will suspect the fruit at the bottom is no good. Yet, a fruit basket looks beautiful so I still go for this one. You can
        buy the components yourself and put them together with a red ribbon. Fancy imported exotic fruit will look more
        impressive, but I've seen folks taking a large bunch of bananas or a box of oranges to friends' houses as well.

       Flowers: Flowers aren't a traditional gift for hosts in China but abroad they are. So while you won't go wrong,
        food items are probably better. But if you want to go with flowers, that's fine. You might seek out something
        traditional. Chinese people like to decorate with pussy willows, flowering plum and peach branches and kumquat
        bushes during the season. If it's the Year of the Tiger, maybe you could find some tiger lilies to bring.

       If kids, then Hong Bao: If your hosts are Chinese and if they have children, then you absolutely must bring
        Hong Bao (literally "red envelopes"). OK, I'm overstating it but if you're not in China and you do this, your
        Chinese hosts will be blown away that you know about this tradition. If you're in China, then it is really a
        traditional gesture that will go along way with your hosts. If you can't find traditional Chinese red envelopes, then
        go to a stationary shop and buy small red envelopes and a gold paint pen to write a greeting on it. Stuff it with
        some money – it doesn't have to be a lot (but not too little either). The amount should be in bills (not coins) and
        make sure it's an even amount and multiples of eight are considered lucky. Your gesture will really be appreciated.
        Children receive Hong Bao until they are married so even the college student home on holiday is considered a
        child when it comes to the red envelopes!

Mrs. Lee’s Chinese New Year Presentation 2011          

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