It is currently year 4705, Year of the Pig.  Next year will be the year of the Rat.  While there are 12 signs in the Chinese horoscope, each sign lasts for one year.  A complete cycle takes 60 years.  I was born in the year of the Fire Rooster. 

In January it became year 97 in Taiwan.  In China it will be year 4705 on Thursday.  I believe it is 1428 in Saudi Arabia and probably a few other Moslem countries.  I wonder what other countries observe a year other than 2008?

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