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On February 19, people around the world will celebrate Chinese New Year. Cities and companies have planned celebratory parades and parties, and brands have launched special edition purses and chocolates – clear signs of China’s increasing influence on global culture and economy. But for Chinese parents expecting a baby, the Year of the Sheep isn’t necessarily a boon.
The Chinese believe that although babies born in the Year of the Sheep are clever, kind and tender-hearted, they are also meek and destined for failure. This is why many newspapers have carried reports about Chinese couples (a trend that is particularly prevalent in the provincial towns) who have opted have a caesarean to ensure that their child is born in the more auspicious Year of the Horse. Continue reading