2014 is the Year of the Horse, the Year of the Green Horse to be more precise. So what does it mean? Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has unique characteristics and each
year corresponds to one animal. 2014 corresponds to the Horse.
In addition to the twelve year cycle corresponding to each of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, there are Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) which are associated
with their own "life force" or "chi".
This energy blends with the corresponding animal, to determine that year's fortune.
In 2014, the corresponding element is Wood. Wood by its very nature, is the
element associated with all living things, the "spring" or life renewal process. Wood relates to trees which relate to the color green.
The Year of the Wood Horse is therefore also known
as the Year of the Green Horse.
What does wood and horse mixed together bring?
The Horse is spirited and energetic, was born to race and thrives in competition.
A vigorous horse with the evergreen and renewal characteristics of Wood can mean for this year that this is the time to act!
This will be the year
to gallop and take off, literally, this is a good year for adventure and travel, for starting a new business, for buying a home... This is not
the year for planning and contemplating, cautiousness was last year's business.
Babies born in the Year of the Horse
If your baby is born in the Year of the Horse, he or she will assume the characteristics of the Horse: Horses are very popular and gregarious, they love
social interaction, being around people and being the center of attraction. Horses are fun-loving and energetic.
To be born in the Year of the Horse, babies will have to be born from January 31, 2014 until the end of the 2014 lunar year on February 18, 2015.
If the baby is born on or before January 30, 2014, he or she will be a Snake Baby, if born on or after February 19, 2015, the baby will
be a Sheep Baby.
The next Year of the Green Horse will be in another 60 years.
Get ready to race and gallop into an exciting new year and...
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Year of the Horse Celebrations Around the World
The horse being a very auspicious symbol for the Chinese, is being very well-represented this year during the celebrations.
Communities around the world are going all out
during the festivities, to bring the horse's qualities of power, strength, grace and speed to the fore. Here are some samples:
In Singapore a humongous herd of life-size horses gallops down the main street in Chinatown, all 88 of them (remember 8 is the lucky Chinese number)
In Las Vegas, a stunning display was set up at the Bellagio: Seven life-size horses, including a rearing stallion, some 22,000 flowers,
an 18-foot-tall money tree, a zigzag bridge, some huge lanterns... just steps from the casino floor!
And check out our Pinterest board for more:
Chinese New Year Celebrations Around The World
You can decorate easily with traditional or battery-operated lanterns, paper cuttings, lucky coins and banners to add a splash to the celebrations!
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