It is hard to imagine that in this modern world, there are obsessive superstitions about children born in the Chinese Year of the Sheep. Many Chinese believe children born in the Year of the Sheep will have bad luck, no leadership qualities, and be destined for failed marriages, business ventures, and unhappiness. Even though people born in the Year of the Sheep are loyal, kind, and generous, the sheep is nothing more than a meek slaughter animal, and families in China go to great lengths to avoid having children born in the Year of the Sheep, which begins February 19, 2015.
Perhaps the Chinese did not watch Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in the 1960’s that captured the hearts and imaginations of every parent and young child. My first recollection of watching television was tuning into the Shari Lewis Show every day. I loved Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse and all the songs Shari Lewis sang on her show. Over the decades, until her death in 1998, Shari Lewis earned 12 Emmy Awards, 7 Parents’ Choice Awards, and numerous film festival awards from her television shows, over 60 children’s books, children’s songs, and film specials.
The first mammal to ever be cloned was Dolly the sheep who later gave birth to six lambs. Although Dolly’s birth was considered controversial, it is still widely accepted as one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history. It took scientists 276 tries to clone Dolly the sheep, but finally on July 5, 1996, Dolly was born. Dolly actually has three mothers, one for the DNA, a second for the egg, and a third to carry the embryo to birth.
Sheep have more Bible references than any other animal, with more than 500 mentions, including the Christian reference to Jesus, The Lamb of God. Sheep in the Bible symbolize God’s people. Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, a festival to honor Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God, but sacrifices a sheep in his son’s place.
Sheep Trivia and Fun Facts for Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep
There are over one billion sheep on Earth and China has the largest population of sheep, including baby lambs, male rams, and female ewes. Sheep can look behind themselves without turning their head because they have a huge field of vision. Sheep have an amazing memory for faces and can remember their handlers and those that abuse them.
Perhaps the superstitious Chinese parents should consider the latest research from the University of Cambridge when labeling children born in the Year of the Sheep as not capable of being leaders. In the Cambridge study, sheep displayed the brain power of monkeys and in some tests, humans. The tests showed that sheep can actually engage in executive decision making tasks!
Sheep Coloring Pages and Printables for Chinese New Year
Sheep in a Car Coloring Page
This is a really cute sheep in a dune buggy car.
Flock of Sheep in Pasture
This is a nice coloring page for younger kids to color.
Lambs with House and Flowers
This is an adorable coloring page for elementary kids.
Sheep with Herder
This is a nice intermediate level coloring page with sheep, a cowboy handler and a herder dog.
Sheep with Baby Lamb in Field
There is no match for these cute sheep in this coloring page.
Count the Lambs Coloring Page
This is a great coloring page and activity printable for intermediate level kids.
Bighorn Ram Coloring Page
This is a nice ram coloring page for all ages.
Bighorn Sheep Coloring Page
This cool sheep coloring page is great for older kids.
Lamb with Duck and Butterfly Coloring Page
This lamb coloring page is great for all ages.
Sheep with Sleeping Baby Lamb Coloring Page
This is a cool sheep coloring page for older kids.
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