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Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse

Happy Lunar New Year!
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Congratulations and be prosperous!).


Chinese New Year celebrations commence on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice (remember, China is in the Northern Hemisphere, so that’s the equivalent of our Summer Solstice, which falls a few days before Christmas). This year it falls on 31 January and heralds the end of the Year of the Snake and the beginning of the Year of the Horse. It is said that this year will be a good year for romance, marriage and babies.

Chinese year of the horse, horse silhouette with chinese characterThere are 12 animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac. Each is a representation of the five elements: wood, metal, fire, earth and water. The Horse is a fire sign and this year it is the Year of the Green Wood Horse. For the Chinese, the horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance.

Looking for a more prosperous and happy year in 2014?

  • Lucky colours: green, red & purple
  • Lucky numbers:  3, 4, 9

Having a baby this year? Horse babies are likely to be:

  • Warm, friendly, happy
  • Can’t sit still & get bored easily
  • Easily excited
  • Persistent & stubborn
  • Independent & free-spirited
  • Cheeky & like to make others smile or laugh
  • Chatterbox
  • Perceptive


And as they grow up you might recognise these traits of Horse people:

  • Independent
  • Passionate
  • Quick-tempered
  • Hard-working
  • Intelligent & clever
  • Active & energetic
  • Quick-witted
  • Extroverted & talkative
  • Impatient & impulsive
  • Restless, enjoys travel, may have trouble settling down or staying in one job.
  • Like to be surrounded by family and friends
  • Community-minded & engaging in front of an audience of friends and family
  • Self confidence can sometimes suffer
  • Can come off as know-it-all or self-centred due to a strong will.


Careers: Politics, leadership, pilot, sales, communications


Compatible with: Tiger, Goat or Dog; Worst with: Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse


Famous Horses:

  • Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Emma Watson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Prince Charles
  • Shakespeare
  • Mozart
  • Rembrandt


Not born in the Year of the Horse? See the other Chinese Zodiac signs. 

Zodiac Sign Birth year
Horse 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978
Sheep 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Rat 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972
Ox 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973
Tiger 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974
Rabbit 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975
Dragon 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976
Snake 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977


You can check Wikipedia for a full list of the exact Chinese New Year dates.

Image credits:  kennymaticAlice-astro

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