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Happy Chinese New Year 2014! Year of the Horse


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Friday, January 31st marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. According to tradition, the new lunar year is the year of the horse.

 

Horse Year of Birth: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

 

"The Chinese zodiac calendar - known as Sheng Xiao - is divided into 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts 12 months and is represented by an animal.

The horse is associated with the element of wood (Chinese mythology has five primary alchemical elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water), and is therefore believed to bring a level of stability for most. Meanwhile, those born under this sign are known to possess good communication skills and are cheerful but stubborn.

 

Families follow a set of beliefs and superstitions to start the year on the right note.

 

Scroll down to take a look at the top Chinese superstitions:

 

Cleaning home before the start of the New Year: Before the holiday begins, families clean their houses to get rid of any ill-fortune associated with the past year and make room for welcoming good luck.

 

No Washing Hair: Chinese believe that it is important not to wash their hair on the first day of the new year as it may wash away one's luck.

 

Using fireworks: Lighting firecrackers is a major custom performed to scare off evil spirits and celebrate the coming of the New Year.

 

No ghost stories: Children and adults are not allowed to tell ghost stories, as they relate to death and negative energy.

 

Avoid using sharp objects: Using knives or scissors are avoided as they may cut off fortune.

 

Wear something red: The colour red is considered to be the ultimate luck bringer at this time of year. Red envelopes with money are given to children and unmarried people.

 

Don't wear black: Black clothing is avoided as it relates to death and mourning.

 

Pay all your debts: Some believe that not paying off debts ahead of the new year may result in ending the year the same way. Lending money is also discouraged as it may mean that the person will be lending money throughout the year.

 

No gifting clocks: Watches or time pieces are avoided because they symbolise time is running out or end of relationships.

 

Mandarin oranges: The practice of giving Mandarin oranges is also a symbol of good luck. They are exchanged in two's among friends and families, relating to the Chinese saying that "good things come in pairs"."

 

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Thank you Steven ;) hope this will be a great year for everyone !

 

Friday, January 31st marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. According to tradition, the new lunar year is the year of the horse.

 

Horse Year of Birth: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026[/color]

 

"The Chinese zodiac calendar - known as Sheng Xiao - is divided into 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts 12 months and is represented by an animal.

The horse is associated with the element of wood (Chinese mythology has five primary alchemical elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water), and is therefore believed to bring a level of stability for most. Meanwhile, those born under this sign are known to possess good communication skills and are cheerful but stubborn.

 

Families follow a set of beliefs and superstitions to start the year on the right note.

 

Scroll down to take a look at the top Chinese superstitions:

 

Cleaning home before the start of the New Year: Before the holiday begins, families clean their houses to get rid of any ill-fortune associated with the past year and make room for welcoming good luck.

 

No Washing Hair: Chinese believe that it is important not to wash their hair on the first day of the new year as it may wash away one's luck.

 

Using fireworks: Lighting firecrackers is a major custom performed to scare off evil spirits and celebrate the coming of the New Year.

 

No ghost stories: Children and adults are not allowed to tell ghost stories, as they relate to death and negative energy.

 

Avoid using sharp objects: Using knives or scissors are avoided as they may cut off fortune.

 

Wear something red: The colour red is considered to be the ultimate luck bringer at this time of year. Red envelopes with money are given to children and unmarried people.

 

Don't wear black: Black clothing is avoided as it relates to death and mourning.

 

Pay all your debts: Some believe that not paying off debts ahead of the new year may result in ending the year the same way. Lending money is also discouraged as it may mean that the person will be lending money throughout the year.

 

No gifting clocks: Watches or time pieces are avoided because they symbolise time is running out or end of relationships.

 

Mandarin oranges: The practice of giving Mandarin oranges is also a symbol of good luck. They are exchanged in two's among friends and families, relating to the Chinese saying that "good things come in pairs"."

 

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This thread was so interesting. Love learning about traditions of other cultures to see how different but similar we all are. I learned that RED is a sacred color to the Chinese and then thought about the vast number of red doors on colonial homes--then and now. Tuns out that a red door was a sign to travelers of "safe haven" and later came to mean "welcome". Years ago I purchased a gorgeous oriental cabinet which has as the main color--Chinese Red and is highlighted with 2 other commonly used colors--gold and green.

 

Getting away from colors, I hope, in the Year of the Horse, that you all meet many STALLIONS and few JACKASSES.

 

Boston Bill

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