This is the Chinese Lunar Year
The Year of the Ram.
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The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The twelve animal signs in order are:
Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit
Dragon Snake Horse Ram
Monkey Rooster Dog Pig
Check your daily horoscope at this link for this animal sign: RAM
Preparation - A marcher getting ready for the start of the parade
Preparation - Other marcher in their ethic costume waiting for the start of the parade