It's the end of the Fire cycle, and onto the Wooden cycle!
...and it's the year of the sheep! The lucky 8th animal of the zodiac calendar!
Sheep is one of Chinese favorite animals. Sheep's Chinese character is Yang, not Wei. The Chinese character of Luck contains the . The pronunciation of is Xiang, which is close to Yang . Therefore, Sheep becomes a lucky animal. The sound of Yang is same to Yang of Yin Yang. Yang means the positive energy in the universe.
(and yes, I'm biased because I'm a sheep, even though I don't believe in luck -> no I don't believe in astrology either, but this is all in good fun)
Something you probably don't know about me is that I have a name seal/stamp with my name written (phonetically) in Chinese characters. Honestly, I can't even remember where/when I got it since I've had it so long, but I think I might have gotten it on a field trip when I was in elementary school. The other kids bought candy. I bought a name stamp. Yeah. I was weird back then too.
You can see an example of it stamped on the small yellow sticky note. One of these days I should actually look up the characters and find out the meaning of characters...
(I can also write my name in Katakana Japanese characters -> my 1st grade teacher, Ms. Morioka, taught me. I can also write it in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Yeah, I'm nerdy like that.)
Oh, and since there's always the confusion of whether it's supposed to be goat/sheep/ram, here:
But since sheep are cuter and goats are evil (seriously... they bite), I'm still going with sheep ;)
For a fun time waster you can go here and click on your animal to see your fortune for the coming year.