The Lunar New Year Day is on Thursday February 19, 2015. According to Chinese astrology, 2015 is year of Wooden Ram and is the 4,712th year in the traditional calendar. The original Chinese word for this year is “yang,” a generic term for various horned ruminating mammals. During the translation process, people have interpreted the word differently, and communities pick the animal that represents the qualities they admire. For example, sheep are associated with mildness and moderation, which is seen as an ideal attitude by some Asian societies, so they will call 2015 the Year of the Sheep.
You can learn an overwhelming amount of information at various web pages. The following Wikipedia page is a good place to start: Goat (zodiac). Let’s just say that the Year of the Ram will be an auspicious one and will bring a happy turnaround in fortunes in the coming months.
Happy New Year!
P.S. I am reminded of the stories about early computer translation programs that converted “hydraulic ram” into the equivalent of “water goat,” which is not the same thing!