|Happy Chinese New Year!!|
The Chinese New Year of the Horse will be on 31 January 2014. It will be year 4712 on the Chinese Calendar. Until then, it is still the Year of the Snake which began on 10 February 2013.
What is Chinese New Year? Chinese New Year is the main Chinese festival of the year. As the Chinese use the Lunar calendar for their festivals the date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in either late January or February.
Traditionally celebrations last for fifteen days, ending on the date of the full moon. In China the public holiday lasts for three days and this is the biggest celebration of the year.
The Chinese calendar is different from that used in the United Kingdom. It is made up of a cycle of twelve years, each of them being named after an animal. This is very like our signs of the zodiac. Some people believe that people born in a particular year such as the year of the Dog will have some of the characteristics of that animal.
Qualities of the horse: Very hardworking and independent. Will work on and on until a job is finished. Very intelligent, ambitious and expect to succeed. Can cope with several projects at once. Easily fall in love.
Find out what's your Chinese Zodiac and its qualities as well as Chinese New Year Customs at Chinese New Year