Like many other countries in Asia and elsewhere around the world, there will be many in Thailand who are welcoming in the Chinese New Year. Depending on where you look you may see the animal associated with this new year as a sheep, a ram or a goat. But which is correct? Apparently, they all are.
The symbol for this Chinese New Year is ‘yang’. According to experts it doesn’t specifically mean sheep, ram or goat and all three animals can be used to represent the symbol in the animal zodiac. Some people say that the sheep or goat is one of the least desirable symbols of the zodiac because those born in this year are viewed as docile and weak followers and not strong leaders. However, others disagree and say that the ‘yang’ symbol was traditionally viewed as auspicious and represents positive characteristics including kindness and benevolence.
The main focal point for official celebrations in Thailand will be Bangkok’s Chinatown district, but significant events will also take place in many provinces throughout the country. Phuket and Trang in the south of Thailand and Chiang Mai in the north will all be hosting colourful events to usher in the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat.