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HEY EWE! Year of the Goat celebrations bring in Lunar New Year

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In OKC's Asian District, the Super Cao Nguyen market parking lot will be ground zero for the Lunar New Year festivities.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Google users the world over were reminded that today marks the start of the Lunar New Year and that from now until February 2016, we are in the Year of the Goat, via their nearly-daily “Google Doodle.”

But since one-sixth of the world’s population is already quite familiar with these annual, zodiac-related celebrations, Google is only helping to promote a popular event.

So, the question people have been asking is which cloven-hoofed, horned animal is represented by this lunar new year?

Well, actually that depends on who you ask. The South China Morning Post took a poll of readers this week asking them whether they preferred Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram. Fifty-seven percent preferred goat; 24 percent selected sheep and 19 percent were keen on ram.

Here at Red Dirt Report, we are sticking with the most popular choice – Goat.

According to a Chinese astrology website, people born under the sign of the Goat are “elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and fond of nature.” They tend to have many friends and admirers but are also insecure. These people are born in the year 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1943, 1931 and 1919.

“They need to feel loved and protected. They are easily drawn into complex predicaments. This being so, they usually shy away from confrontation, pull back when faced with heavy decision-making and blatantly refuse to take an unpopular stand in a conflict," notes the Chinese astrology website.

Not to connect the two, but it is interesting, as we enter the Year of the Goat, that the Satanic Temple –a group that upholds humanist questioning and disdains authority - is working to have a statue of the horned, satyr-like Baphomet, who holds one hand up and another hand down, referring to the Hermetic principle of “as above, so below,” placed next to the 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The original 10 Commandments monument was destroyed last October in a reported “demonic frenzy” by a mentally unstable Roland, Okla. man named Michael Tate Reed, Jr., who incidentally has been released from jail and is being treated at home, according to reports we have received. So far, Oklahoma's Department of Public Safety is refusing to release the video footage of this vandalism to Red Dirt Report, despite numerous requests. What is it they don't want us to see?

Oh, and for you rock music fans, it was 42 years ago this year that the Rolling Stones album Goat's Head Soup was released. A little sync magic for you Discordians out there ... the Stones initially were to be dressed as centaurs and minotaurs for the album cover - that was scrapped for the urine-colored image of Mick Jagger's cloth-covered, freaky face.

Anyway, if you are here in Oklahoma City and anywhere near the city's Asian District midday Saturday, be sure to make it over to Super Cao Nguyen Market, near Classen and NW 23, and enjoy the revelry, dragon costumes and fireworks as the Lunar New Year is celebrated. 

Also, on Sunday, Feb. 22, Buddha Mind Monastery is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be chanting, a Dharma talk, blessing and memorial services and vegetarian food and fellowship. For more information go to www.ctbuddhamind.org or come by the monsatery at 5800 S. Anderson Road in eastern Oklahoma County.

In any event, enjoy the Year of the Goat!

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