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The Year of the Sheep

Cultural beliefs can hugely influence behaviour. A great example of this is seen in the effects that the current Year of the Sheep is having on Chinese society. Chinese culture places high importance on their zodiac calendar. The zodiac includes twelve animals, each representing one lunar year and rotates on a twelve year cycle. On February 19, 2015, China entered the Year of the Sheep – the wood sheep to be exact.

Although it symbolizes caring and compassion, many Chinese are afraid those born under the sheep will prove too weak to succeed in today’s cruel and unforgiving world. Children born in the Year of the Sheep are believed to exhibit self-esteem and dependency issues, and they’re also thought to be unlucky. A majority of Chinese people see this change as a legitimate threat and are avoiding pregnancies that will result in a birth during this inauspicious year.

Better understanding of cultural beliefs, attitudes and actions can be achieved through Intercultural Training programmes. Intercultural Training Specialists offers country-specific training to help build and sustain the practical knowledge and skills you need to ensure successful global exchanges and collaboration on business projects or carrying out international assignments. Understanding the personal beleifs and attitudes of colleagues or partners from different countries and cultures can go a long way in ensuring effective communications and business exchanges.

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