Friday, January 31, 2014

Xin Nien Kwai Le!

      Nice jianzhi horse huh? The Chinese celebrate their Lunar New Year today but the Year of the Horse actually begins on February 4, 2014, based on the Chinese Astrology Calendar. 

      The horse is a favorite animal and an auspicious symbol in ancient Chinese culture. Intelligent and fast, the horse was a very useful animal in the household and the battlefield. It symbolizes travel, competitiveness, victory, nobility and leadership. That's why paintings and sculptures of horses can be found in most Chinese homes and edifices. 

      But don't be too quick about putting a horse artwork in your home for good luck. Where you place it in your house actually matters. Like the image of  running horses, they say, should not point towards the front door as if they are leaving hehe. 

      Also the horse will either give you a free speedy lift or a kick in the butt. Depends on your animal sign. I was born in the Rabbit Year. According to Chinese Astrology, the horse is the rabbit's inspiration to run even faster. Cute, huh? But really, the pig and the rat is said to be my lucky animals.

      You've probably read or heard about your fortune for 2014 on the internet or TV.  Even if you don't believe in astrology you may have checked it out for fun or curiosity. Most websites pretty much give you a general or an unelaborated forecast - a less accurate one even. The element of the year is actually significant. This year is a Wood Horse Year and this horse has fire and earth with it too. So how does that affect your element and animal sign? Do you know that the element of your birth year is different from your lucky element? Find out about it at

      Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

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