Looking forward to the Year of the Pig
The 4705th Chinese New Year starts on Sunday â€“ this
year being the Year of the Pig, a zodiac animal traditionally viewed as
luxuriating in excess. What exactly is the new year going to
Chinese fortune tellers say it will be a good time to have a baby, but also
warn there will be an upsurge in epidemics, disasters and violent conflicts
across the world.
Pig years can be turbulent because they are
dominated by fire and water â€“ two of the five elements that Chinese mystics say
are the basis of the universe, a Hong Kong feng shui master
Since fire and water
are conflicting elements, they tend to whip up trouble, he said.
Malaysian feng shui master agreed with him, warning for epidemics and health
One of the predictions for
this year is that the North Korean communist nation will undergo a power
struggle that will bring leadership changes around May.
the situation in Iraq will not settle, global economy continues to
grow, a Japanese city will be struck by an earthquake, US president Bush will
have a bad year and the next president of France will be a
Whatever the future will bring,
China is most likely to continue its growth.
At the treshold of this
new year in the Chinese calendar, the Shanghai Stock Exchange saw a staggering
112% growth last year.
No wonder, Chinese investors are hoping
the new Chinese year will be just as good.
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