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- year of the horse
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新年快樂 xin nian kuai le happy new year
Welcome to the Year of the Horse (31.1.14 - 18.2.15)
Those born during the year of the Horse tend to be clever, possess good communication skills, are cheerful and stubborn. In 2014, they are expected to have a good year and are advised to be quiet and patient. Other predications call for people to make the most out of given opportunities, expect good health
and a year where romance and career will be in harmony.
Chinese New Year
celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival, start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and lasts for about 23 days. As the new year is traditionally linked to honoring the household, heavenly gods and ancestors, people clean their homes, put up the red posters with poetic verses on doors and decorate their homes with red lanterns. It is also a time to reunite with relatives. On Spring Festival Eve, many people set off fireworks and firecrackers, hoping to cast away any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children often receive “luck” money in little red envelopes. Various activities such as beating drums and striking gongs, as well as dragon and lion dances, are all part of the Spring Festival festivities (see London celebrations
Each year corresponds to a different zodiac sign and animal. The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animals that denote a person’s birth known as sheng xiao: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each of the animals is named after one favored by the Buddha and is said to influence an individual’s personality. The Chinese Astrology Calendar combines Yin-Yang, Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. 2014 is the year of the wood Horse. As the element wood is connected to the color of Green, this is the Year of Green Wood Horse.