Happy New Year
The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2014 is Lunar Year 4712. On the Western calendar, the start of Chinese New Year in 2014 falls on Friday, January 31, 2014 — The Year of the Horse.
If you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014 you were born under the sign of the horse.
Like the horse, you have a love of wide-open spaces and have a indepedent streak that others can only envy.
Like the horse, you are one of the hardest working signs in the Chinese zodiac! In 2014, watch as your efforts pay off as you gallop into a prosperous year in which you can really shine, either personally or professionally.
Famous people born under the Sign of the Horse?
They include American pioneer Davy Crockett, actors James Dean, Clint Eastwood, and Harrison Ford, singers Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson, former US Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O’Connor, boxing great Mike Tyson, US President Teddy Roosevelt, and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Around the Web, learn more about Chinese New Year celebrations in the U.S. and worldwide, browse festive clip art and e-mail greetings, or read up on holiday customs and folklore.
Let’s also not forget the traditional food & recipes surrounding a traditional weeks-long Chinese Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which concludes with an equally festive Lantern Festival on February 14, 2014.
Chinese New Year Recipes
Fish are a good luck food, but take care to serve the fish whole to preserve the good fortune.
In some areas of China it’s a popular custom to give oranges because in Chinese, the word “orange” sounds like “Ji”, which means “good luck”. People present oranges to their friends and relatives to express their respects and good wishes for the coming year.