Ni Hao (Sounds like Knee How) = Hello in (Mandarin) Chinese
The Chinese New Year characters can be seen HERE if you want to know your animal. There are 5 earth elements- Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth and Water that 'everything' comes from. (Wu Xing + woo sshing). The year you are born is associated with the above signs, so in China, even though the animals rotate every 12 years, how they are associated with the 5 elements dictates how your year will go.
Also, the number 4 is si which is similar to the word death in much of China- so it is like our number 13. In China, you will not see floor 4, 14, 24 etc in an elevator. It is not lucky on your license plates or as your house number either..... That is why I used three goats in my layout, and the signs for Happy New Year in the 4th box.
Michael Strong gifted this freebie image to us this past January on his blog HERE. If you follow his blog, he does nice things like that on occasion : ) Also, if you love his stamps, look up the Yahoo Group- daily inspiration by members give us tons of ideas to use the stamps.
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