By Richard Zowie —
Tomorrow it’s enter goat, exit horse as Thursday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
Whereas 2014 was the Year of the Horse, 2015 will be the Year of the Goat.
The animals are part of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which one local family uses to mark the annual change. Andrew Pai, owner of Panda Chinese Restaurant, and his family don’t adhere to the beliefs taught in the zodiac, but he uses them for tradition.
“Traditions are very important to us,” Pai said.
The system also includes the dragon, dog, rooster, ox and other animals.
The next Year of the Goat will be in 2027.
Actually, among some, there’s debate whether it’s a goat or sheep since the Chinese character, “yang,” is somewhat ambiguous. The questions arise. Is it a sheep, or is it a goat? Or, could it be a ram?