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Celebrate the Year of the Horse

Posted on 31/01/2014 in Pregnancy & Baby & Well-Being

January 31 is the start of this Chinese New Year of the Horse and is the 4711th Chinese Year from when the Yellow King became king in 2697BC. 

Chinese New Year is celebrated with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include long noodles (long life), whole fish (abundance), chicken (prosperity) and duck (fidelity).

Of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance, and of the 5 signs (metal, water, wood, fire and earth) this year’s element is wood for strength and stability. The Horse is the symbol of travelling, competition and victory and is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – constantly striving to improve themselves. The spirit of the horse is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.

Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include: Sir Isaac Newton, Genghis Khan, Aretha Franklin, Rembrandt, Chopin and Louisa May Alcott.

Newborns in this Year of the Horse are said to be energetic, warm, friendly and intelligent. They love people, parties and enjoy being in the limelight. The horse’s sunny disposition and natural charm will attract many friends. Their eloquence and talent of persuasion make them natural leaders. They are highly intuitive with keen judgement which will help them make the right decisions through life.

For those in Sydney the CNY14 Chinese New Year Festival is now on. Some of the festival highlights include Lunar Feasts, the Twilight Parade and Dragon Boat races. See the website, www.sydneychinesenewyear.com, for more details.  

This year’s colourful banners (below) are designed by artist Hu Ming's artwork, Safety & Peace in Four Seasons.

Wishing you all the best for all the babies born in the Year of the Horse!


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