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Chinese New Year-Friday 31st January-Year Of The Wooden Horse

Posted on 29 Jan, 2014

With only two sleeps to go until it officially becomes 'The Year Of The Wooden Horse' in Chinese culture, it seems timely to enlighten you with some very interesting and quirky facts about this colourful and wonderful celebration:

Well Known People Born In The Year of the Horse:

Margaret Court, Lindy Lee, Robyn Nevin, Dorothy Porter, Helen Reddy, Liam Hemsworth, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt and Genghis Khan.

Personality Traits:
People born in the Year of the Horse are clever, kind, animated and energetic. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd. They are popular among friends, active at work and have a deft sense of humour. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally. 

Most compatible careers for the Horse:

Publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

Most incompatible signs for the Horse:
Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse

Most compatible signs for the Horse:
Tiger, Sheep or Dog

Horse lucky flowers:
3, 4, 9

Horse lucky colour:
Green

Horse lucky gemstone:
Beryl

Chinese New Year Facts:

Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.

Decorate your home to welcome in the New Year. Red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune.

Place mandarins in bowls throughout the house. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. Keep their numbers even though, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness.

Wear new clothes and ensure you are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come.

Celebrate New Year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.

Apricot and peach blossom are popular decorations during Vietnamese Tet and symbolise new beginnings.

The main difference between the Chinese and Vietnamese lunar calendars is that the Vietnamese replace the Ox, Rabbit and Sheep in the Chinese calendar with the Buffalo, Cat and Goat respectively.

Kite flying is a popular New Year tradition in Korea.

Enjoy a soup of thinly-sliced rice cakes (duk gook) – a traditional New Year meal in Korea. Because everyone turns a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook.

Refrain from uttering words relating to misfortune, such as ‘death’, ‘broken’, ‘killing’, ‘ghost’ and ‘illness’ during New Year as this may bring bad luck for the year to come.

Make sure the barrel of rice is full at New Year to ensure prosperity in the year to come.

Give younger members of the family red lai-see (‘lucky money’) envelopes to pass on prosperity.

Zodiac years:

The 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac are known to the Chinese as the Twelve Earthly Stems.

Some say the Chinese zodiac animals derive from an ancient tale of Buddha holding a race and asking all the animals to participate. The first 12 were given a place in the calendar. The Rat won by riding on the Ox’s back and the Pig came last because he stopped to have a meal.

Are you a charming Snake, a witty Monkey or maybe a friendly Rabbit? Find out what Chinese zodiac animal you are and see what characteristics your sign gives you.

Want to check out your Chinese Zodiac Sign? Then click here for further details

 

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