This week marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Sheep.” For our Asian friends, colleagues, and associates, welcoming the new year is significant and meaningful. It is a time of exuberant celebration, appreciation, and hope for what the coming months will bring. As a global company, we embrace the rich and diverse cultural traditions cherished in communities around the world where we conduct business. In that spirit, we’d like to share a bit about the Lunar New Year and expectations for the Year of the Sheep, also referred to as the Year of the Ram or the Year of the Goat.
The lunar year usually begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice, typically sometime between late January and late February on the Western calendar – and this year, on February 19. In many parts of Asia, each year is thought to take on the characteristics of its animal, one of twelve that cycle in the Asian Zodiac. Sheep are symbolic of peace, beauty, goodness, and harmony. In Korea, they are also considered a symbol of good luck and associated with gratitude and patience. In addition, each year is believed to be influenced by other factors. For example, on the Chinese calendar, this is the Year of the “Wood” Sheep, where wood – one of five elements, along with fire, earth, metal, and water – is associated with life and renewal. In Korea, this is the Year of the “Blue” Sheep, where the color blue represents activeness and liveliness. With the variety of positive characteristics being predicted, many are looking forward to a good year.
We hope you find much peace, renewal, and good luck in this new Year of the Sheep!