Published on January 24th, 2014 | by admin

Are You Celebrating The Arrival Of The Year Of The Horse?

Year of the horse Coincard.indd

As the Chinese New Year fast approaches a week today, Chinese communities across the world will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

The horse is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. As the Year of the Snake for 2013 makes way for celebrations to mark the start of the Year of the Horse, the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar will get in full swing.

Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February.


Horse of the Year Envelope

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. We learn that the zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, followed in chronological order by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Apparently, in Chinese astrology each animal assigned by year represent how others perceive an individual. What’s more the Chinese zodiac is apparently used to label times of day with each sign corresponding to a ‘large hour’ (also referred to as ‘shichen’) which is a two-hour period (24 divided by 12 animals).

Culminating on 2nd February, some of the biggest and most spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia will be held in London when thousands of people will descend to the West End to wish each other ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’ (or Happy New Year).

Referred to as ‘Wu’, apparently those born during the Year of the Horse tend to be clever, possess good communication skills and are cheerful but stubborn.

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