The New Year is a time for a new beginning and it is a celebration around the world—held at different times in different ways, but always a look forward.. This year China will usher in the Year of the Horse on January 31—thirty-one days after Americans welcome 2014 with the parties, fireworks and noise makers.
Chinese New Year is an important Chinese holiday and is also known as the Spring Festival in 1913. Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar and the celebration lasts through the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Regional customs celebrate with parades and public celebrations, but also include a time for families to gather together in a “reunion dinner”. The family prepares for this meal by thoroughly cleaning the house the sweep away any ill-fortune to make way for the good incoming luck. They decorate red colored paper with popular themes of good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity. They light firecrackers and give money in red paper envelopes. Each of the fifteen days of the celebration has a special focus.
The Year of the Horse recognizes the spirit of the horse as it is related to the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communication skills and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever and kind to others. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers.
We encourage you to take the time to celebrate Chinese New Year with your youth—take pictures and let us know how it went. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org