I like to think that I have a graph for all occasions - Chinese New Year is no exception! ...
This year, the Chinese New Year is on Feb 10, 2013. The date varies from year to year, because it's based on the lunar (moon) cycles. I thought it would be useful to create a calendar chart, so I can easily see when each Chinese Year starts and stops (in past & future years).
While looking for the start/end dates of the Chinese Years, I found a table in Wikipedia which had that info, along with the Chinese Zodiac sign for each year - so I thought it would be neat to include that in the calendar chart also :)
Whereas the "Western" Zodiac has 12 different characters/animals in a year, the Chinese Zodiac has 1 animal per year, on a 12 year cycle. Last year (2012) was the year of the dragon (which is my sign), and the upcoming year (2013) is year of the snake.
Once I got all the values into a SAS data set (see the code), I simply re-used the code for my custom Proc Gmap calendar chart (explained in Example 17 of my book), and colored the calendar days based on the Chinese Zodiac animal. Below is a snapshot of a few years of the calendar chart. Note that this is a *very* long/tall chart (8,000 pixels tall), with the older years at the top, and the modern/current years at the bottom.
Click the link to see the complete interactive calendar, where you can hover your mouse over the boxes to see the date & zodiac animal in html pop-up text (that version is also larger, and easier to read). You might find it fun to view the interactive chart, and scroll to the year you were born, and find your birthdate (by hovering over the boxes and looking at the date in the hover-text) and then see what your Chinese Zodiac sign is (by looking at the color of that day, or the hover-text).