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Year of the Sheep

Another visit to one of my most favorite places in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This summer they are featuring “Lantern Festival, Magic Reimagined”. Several years ago, they hosted the Japanese Lantern Festival and just as this festival, it was beautiful.

This image depicts “The Year of the Sheep”.

The sheep, ram, or goat is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese word yang is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a type of ruminant animal that includes both sheep/rams and goats. The Chinese commonly regard sheep as the auspicious animal, and the Year of the Sheep, therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity. Individuals born in this zodiac year are described as peace-loving and kind and popular, yet also “clingy” and resistant to change.

From the Lantern Festival Guide

To see more of the beautiful Botanical Gardens, check out my previous posts: Garden Glow, Magic by Night, Reflections of an Ancient Fisherman and Floating Balls.

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