羊年快乐 Yángnián Kuàilè! Happy Year of the Sheep! (2015)

February 19, 2015 begins 羊年 yángnián, year of the sheep or goat. (The previous year was horse; the next is monkey.)

羊年 is the eighth year in the 12-year cycle. It corresponds to 未 wèi, the eighth of the 12 地支 dìzhī earthly branches (子丑寅卯辰巳午未申酉戌亥).

In the sexagenary (60-year) cycle, 2015 is called 木羊 mùyáng “wood sheep”, also called 乙未 yǐwèi, the 32nd year (like 1955, 1895, 1835, ...; the next “wood sheep” year will be 2075).

Other years of the sheep include: 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907.

See the whole 12-year cycle!