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Happy Chinese New Year! Is your baby due in the Year of the Goat?

The Chinese New Year starts on February 19, 2015 and is the Year of the Goat (or Sheep)

The Chinese New Year is the most traditional and superstitious festival in the Chinese calendar. 

If your baby is due in the Year of the Goat (also called the Year of the Sheep), what personality traits will your new little one have? 

According to Chinese tradition people born in the Year of the Goat/Sheep are mild mannered, shy and sympathetic. Personality traits such as creativity, dependability, intelligence, and calmness make them very charming to be with.

While they love to be in groups, they do not want to be the centre of attention. Celebrities born in the Year of the Goat/Sheep include Kate Hudson, Bill Gates, Mick Jagger, Pixie Lott and Julia Roberts.

If you would like to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Chinese meal, tradition says you should include these ingredients: 

  • Chicken for fortune
  • Fish for prosperity
  • Noodles for longevity (never cut noodles)
  • Duck is a symbol of fidelity
  • Vegetables represent cleansing of the system
  • Wontons represent gold ingots (wealth)
  • Seaweed for wealth

Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away

Chinese New Year is steeped in superstition - here are some other traditions:

  • The entire house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On the eve of Chinese New Year, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment should be put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away.
  • If you cry on New Year's Day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even though they are mischievous.
  • On New Year's Day, you are not supposed to wash your hair because it would mean you would have washed away good luck for the New Year.
  • It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.
  • Do not use knives or scissors on New Year's Day as this may cut off fortune.

Browse our gallery of sheep-inspired products:

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Limited Edition Sheep Apron Towel, £29.99

Cuddledry is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a limited-edition 'sleepy sheep' version of their best-selling apron towel, featuring an embroidered sheep on the hood.
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Sheep Rocker, £75

Your little one will have loads of fun on this great sheep rocker, suitable from 12 months.
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Sheep Gift Set, £32

Gift set containing 100% cotton babygro and matching soft leather shoes.
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Ewan the Dream Sheep, £29.99

This sheep sleep aid from Easidream attaches to a cot, moses basket, pushchair or car seat using his Velcro tail and emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency while giving off a calming pink glow.


 Ken Hom’s range of chilled ready meals are available from Tesco. To download Ken Hom’s Chinese New Year 2015 booklet, please visit

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