Happy Year of the Horse 2014 January 30, 2014 07:38

January 31, 2014 marks the start of the Lunar New Year as well as the Year of the Horse.

Although the holiday is also known as Chinese New Year, the Chinese aren't the only ones who observe it. The holiday is also celebrated in other Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan. The Lunar New Year is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years rolled up into one giant celebration. For the Chinese in particular, the Lunar New Year is celebrated with big family dinners, the exchange of "lucky money" contained in red envelopes, and vibrant, lively festivals with lion dancing and firecrackers. The lunar calendar is based upon the cycles of the moon and has 12 animals signs, one to represent each year of the cycle. The Horse is the seventh sign of the cycle, with the others being the Rat (I like to say Mouse ^_^), Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse, Sheep (or Goat), Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Don't know what zodiac sign you are? Look it up on this chart I created here. According to Chinese tradition, a person’s birth sign has a profound influence on personality, behavior, and destiny. Those born under this sign are hardworking, independent, resilient, and friendly. They are natural extroverts who love social gatherings with plenty of people. They are also known to be fickle, impulsive, and have a strong reckless streak. Adventurers at heart, their spirit is continually restless and searching. Famous Horses include James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson, Sandra Day O’Connor, Nelson Mandela, Ang Lee, Chopin, Jerry Seinfeld, Muhammad Ali, Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, and Rembrandt.


Not only is the Year of the Horse my sign, this year is special to me as it marked the release of MY LUCKY LITTLE DRAGON, my latest book inspired by the animals of the zodiac. For all my friends in the New York area, come on down to the The Scholastic Store this Saturday, February 1st at 3PM to celebrate the Year of the Horse with a reading of MY LUCKY LITTLE DRAGON and some crafty fun. More info about this event here. Hope to see you there! May we gallop into prosperity as we welcome the Year of the Horse. Hoping this year brings good fortune to you all!