2014 Chinese New Year
2014 Chinese New Year: Year of Horse
According to the Chinese Zodiac, which includes 12 animal signs, 2014 will be the year of the Horse and will begin on January 31st and end on February 18, 2015. The sign of the Horse is the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of speed, perseverance, class and nobility. People born under the sign of the Horse are excellent speakers, smart and have a gift for getting through to people. They also believe their aim in life is “to seek individual freedom and happiness.”
Sign of the Horse Characteristics
Horse people usually share certain characteristics including, Joyful, resilient, self reliant, outgoing, arrogant, sophisticated, and quick witted. Horse people are also extroverts who love to entertain friends with humor, be the life of the party, very energetic and always ready for another party or event. They are fashionable, have an acute insight, are sharp minded and have the gift of a silver tongue. Being very independant, Horse people usually leave home at a young age but those who choose to stay home, began their careers early. They rarely adhere to old habits, they love to show off but they are gentle and have a strong self confidence.
Because those born in the year of the Horse love to be outside in the fresh air, sunshine and open spaces; getting lots of exercise, they are usually very healthy and have a positive attitude. They should however, seek spirituality during times of stress or despair. Even if a Horse person is rich, they rarely think about money much and when they have it, they spend it in helping others as well as for themselves and when they run out, they just go out and make more. They do not count on money for happiness or well being instead, they view it as icing on the cake and a way to share it with others and to buy fun things rather than saving it. Horse people often take the lead when no one else wants to take responsibility for making a decision and can sometimes bring sunshine to a winters day.
How is the New Chinese New Year Calculated?
The Chinese calendar consists of both the Lunar and Gregorian systems and because the track of the new moon changes every year, the Chinese New Year will start sometime between late January and mid February.
2014 Chinese New Year Tradition
Leading up to the celebration of 2014 Chinese New Year, it is traditional for families to give their homes a thorough cleaning in order to keep bad luck away from the family. They also decorate their homes with couplets and paper-cuts that display words of good fortune like “happiness”, “longevity”, “good fortune”, and “wealth.” The decorations on the homes are mainly in the color Red because it is thought of as the color of luck for all Chinese families. On Chinese New Years Eve, the people have a feast with their families that include dishes like duck, pig, chicken and traditional Chinese delicacies. After the feast, families gather for setting off firecrackers late into the night. On New Years morning, the children greet the parents with a happy new year and wishes for their prosperity and happiness and in return, parents gift the children with red envelopes that contain a certain amount of money for each child. The Chinese people will also greet each other with wishes of happiness and peace for the coming year as well as to reconcile, pacify and ask forgiveness for past mistakes.
2014 Chinese New Year Holidays Around The World
Because the Chinese people have scattered all over the world, most countries make the Chinese New Year a public holiday. Some of these countries include Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Hong Kong.