News ian 1/31/2014

2014 is the Year of the Horse. People born in the Year of the Horse are clever, perceptive, kind, cheerful, animated, talented, energetic, popular and have a terrific sense of humour.

Year of the Horse Chinese New YearThat’s not just zodiacal mumbo-jumbo by the way - I know for certain that it is fact, having been born in The Year of the Horse. Naturally rumours spread by others not lucky enough to be horses say that we talk too much and have a “look at me, look at me” demeanour but we know that’s just plain rubbish – give me a couple of hours and I could tell you why!

There are five types of horses – Metal, Water, Fire, Earth and Wooden. The 2014 variety of horse is the wooden one and wooden horses are strong and stable with an ability to get on well with others and make decisions. I can also vouch for this as well because I was born a wooden horse. We’re also humble.

Now, if you disagree, well, go fly a kite! Kite flying is one of the many traditions associated with Chinese New Year, along with dragon dances, fireworks and lucky money. Placing mandarins in bowls throughout the house (with leaves intact) brings happiness, but only if the mandarins are even in number.

Of course we horses get on well with all the other 11 animals – the creative Rat, the honest Ox, the brave Tiger, the friendly Rabbit, the passionate Dragon, the charming Snake, the kind Sheep, the romantic Rooster, the resourceful Monkey, the compassionate Dog and the reliable Pig. Happy New Year to you all!

The aforementioned mandarin is, of course, a fruit – as opposed to the Mandarin language where Happy New Year is ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’… (the Cantonese is Gong Hei Fat Choy) ...Here is a You Yube link on how to pronounce Xin Nian Kuai Le: