Saturday, February 17, 2007

Celebrating the Ancient

Red Pig Year 2007 - 4704th Chinese Year

The Chinese New Year day is on February 18th, 2007 ( or 17th depending on your location.)

The Year 2007 (Red Pig) is the 4704th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China entered the 4704th year on February 4th, 2007. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Red Pig is the 23rd Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4700 = (60 *78) + 24, therefore this Red Pig Year is the 4704th Chinese Year.

courtesy of:

Wisdom of Confucius

"Tzu-chang asked Confucius, What is love?

"Love," said Confucius, "is to mete out five things to all below heaven."

"May I ask what they are?"

"Modesty and bounty," said Confucius, "truth, earnestness, and kindness.

Modesty escapes insult; bounty wins the many; truth gains men's trust; earnestness brings success' kindness is the key to man's work." (17.6)

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" The higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort. The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received."

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"To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue... gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity,earnestness, and kindness. "

..and a Chinese Proverb

If there is light in the soul
There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person
There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house
There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation
There will be peace in the world.

--Chinese Proverb

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