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To our readers: Happy Lunar New Year!
Monday, 27th January 2014
Source : 4Hoteliers.com & external sources
 

We wish to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Happy Chinese New Year! May the Year of the Horse be a prosperous one with fun, relaxation andexcellent health.

Chinese New Year History1

4Hoteliers Image LibraryIt is unclear when the exact beginning of the New Year celebration in China is. Normally, it was said to start from the year end religious ceremony in Shang Dynasty (1766 BC - 1122 BC).

A few said that it started from as early as Emperor Yao and Shun (~2300 BC). At the beginning, the date of celebration varies from mid winter to early spring.

With the mature of solar base calendar, Emperor Wu (157 BC - 87 BC) of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220) established the first day of the first month as the beginning of the year, where it remains.

The following is a brief list:

  • Emperor Yao and Emperor Shun (~ 2300 BC):
    small scale New Year celebration type of activities.
  • Shang Dynasty (1766 BC - 1122 BC):
    New Year celebration started from religious ceremony.
  • Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220):
    New Year celebration is officialized at the first day of the first month. Crack bamboo appeared. (Crack bamboo will create loud cracking sound when put on fire. It is believed that the sound can drive away evil.)
  • Wei Dynasty (220 - 265) and Jin Dynasty (265 - 420):
    Fireworks used in New Year celebration. The tradition of Shou Sui formed.
  • Song Dynasty (960 - 1279):
    Fireworks using gun powder came out.

The 2014 Year of Horse

The Introduction of 2014 Year of Horse
The Year 2014 is considered as the Year of the Horse as per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar which begins on January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015. 2014 according to Chinese Astrology Calendar. it is the Year of Wood Horse. Wood is related to tree or green, so it is also called Year of Green Horse. 2014 is the jiăwŭ (甲午) year.

The Chinese zodiac calendar comprises 12 animal signs and horse is the seventh among all of them. In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, fabulous speakers who have a gift for getting through to other people. People bearing the horse sign strive towards seeking freedom and happiness. In general, 2014 would be a better year for those people who were born under The Year of the Horse.

The Common Personality of People Born in Horse Year
People born in the year of the horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd and like entertainment, they have a deft sense of humor, they love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere. They are trustworthy, friendly and like to be surrounded by their relatives and friends. They usually have a large circle of acquaintances, but they never rely on their friends too much.

Sometimes, the horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn't mean that he will not be interested in any problems except his own. However, a horse person is really more cunning than intelligent, that is probably due to the fact that most horse people lack confidence. Sometimes, they are very independent and rarely listen to advice

The Common Strengths and Weaknesses of the Year of the Horse Person

Strengths
The horse people are generally energetic, noble, free spirited and clever. They have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight, so they have good friends and are well liked by many people. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They are able to come up with new ideas and active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely. The Horse person is a sociable likeable person most of the time, they can take advantage of this by getting everybody to work together to achieve goals.

Weaknesses
The Horse person is patient up to a point, but they can be hot tempered. If you pushed too far, the Horse person can lose their temper. They cannot bear too much constraint. They then lash out (just like a horse) at others which can undo the good relationships they have built up with their good social skills. They can also be stubborn just like a horse. They are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. The Horse person has many followers but they are not always receptive to other points of view. They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

The Predictions of 12 Zodiac in 2014 Year of Horse

For Rat
The sun shines again after the bad year. For the rat, the year of the horse is a year of success, which will run at full gallop.

For Ox
The year of the horse will be a good year for the ox. Will achieve much success and successfully completed their projects.

For Tiger
The year of the horse will be a year full of successes and failures.In the first six months must take into account the tiger had many failures and few successes. The next six months will be better. But here too the tiger has to suffer some setbacks among the successes.

For Rabbit
The Rabbit is likely to be overwhelmed by the hoofs of the horse. Sporting elite and warriors win this year, since they can download on the opponent their negative energy. But employees, state officials, workers, artisans may have a tough year ahead of them, because the negative energies are hindering in the workplace.

For Dragon
The year of the horse is a good to very good year for the dragon. There should be no major problems. The first half of the year is satisfactory and you can be satisfied with the result. Even the second half of the year continues as normal.

For Snake
The snake is very successful in this Horse year. You must want to look for a failure. For the snake, it is one of the best years. January is a month still quiet, for the snake, but towards the middle of the year comes a success after success. The 2 nd half of the year starts very well. But this year was too good and the envious are stationed around the corner.

For Horse
Its own year is challenging for the horse. The race obstacles must be well prepared. Otherwise, the horse is unable to overcome too many obstacles. This among other things is the last of the years still acceptable for the horse. Because then followed by 3 bad years.

For Goat
For the goat the year of the horse is a very good year. The first problems arise only at the end of the year. Beware the winter. For this reason, the goat would have to conclude, during the autumn, all his plans and intentions. Then you should look for a quiet place.

For Monkey
The year of the horse is a good year up to very good for Monkey. The monkey will have much activity and achievements.

For Rooster
The Rooster will not have much activity. It will be a boring year without much success. It can be considered a year of calm and mean.

For Dog
The year of the horse will be a year which is more seriously for the dog. During this year, the dog will not be very active, but what starts it will succeed.

For Pig
The year of the horse is the biggest success and the most perfect. This year will fall manna from heaven. Playing a little 'to the lot would not be bad.

Source: The 2014 Year of Horse & Image - www.hanban.com

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