It’s Chinese New Year this Friday and, if you weren’t already aware, this will be the year of the horse. But what does that mean for you? And if you love a good excuse to celebrate what can you do to join in the festivities of this fun and vibrant occasion?
The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year (you may hear it referred to as the ‘Lunar New Year’), so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. It follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal.
One legend to explain this is that Buddha invited all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year, yet only 12 showed up. In honour of them, Buddha named a year after each animal in the order that they arrived: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Buddha declared that anyone born in each animal’s year would inherit aspects of that animal’s nature.
Image source: krisphan on flickr
A horse year is considered to be fortunate and filled with luck and 2014 is predicted to be a time of adventure and travel. But what is this horse year predicted to hold for you and your zodiac sign, will it be a lucky one? Take a look here.
You may already be aware of your Chinese zodiac sign (a sheep/goat signing in here) but did you know you also have a more specific element to your sign? Apparently, yours truly is made of metal (hmm) but there are also wood, fire, earth and water elements which will affect your sign, allowing for more detailed readings and predictions. (We found a handy calculator here and some great readings from futurescopes.com).
Any little horses born this year will be of the wooden variety.
This cool guy is a neigggghbour (sorry) of ours at Smedson HQ. We hope the year of the horse is good to him.
You can call yourself a horse if you were born on any of these dates:
3rd Feb 1954 – 32rd Jan 1955
21st Jan 1966 – 8th Feb 1967
7th Feb 1978 – 27th Jan 1979
27th Jan 1990 – 14th Feb 1991
12th Feb 2002 – 31st Jan 2003
Horses are known to be independent, popular, hardworking, and energetic. They can’t sit still and don’t like to be tied down. But they are also famously stubborn.
Lucky colours: brown, yellow, purple
Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7
Best Zodiac match: tiger*, sheep, dog
Famous horses include: Chopin, Aretha Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson.
Image source: thepioneerwoman.com
Traditionally at New Year families feast on meat, fish, dumplings, vegetables and citrus fruits. These are all symbols of luck and good fortune. The amount of food prepared and enjoyed during Chinese New Year is tremendous, and symbolises abundance and wealth for the family.
If you’re thinking of having your own Chinese New Year feast, we have some great quality cooking equipment that will do the trick!
Our Berndes Perfect Balance Induction Wok
Our Berndes Titanium Wok (comes with Glass Lid and Accessories)
*NB: we do not recommend matching real horses and tigers together. That probably wouldn’t go so well.
We’ve put a few Pins together for vibrant, festive party ideas.
Look out for more themed ideas and recipes coming up on our Facebook and Twitter.