1. 2014 is the year of the Horse. The Chinese Zodiac runs on 12 year cycles so the last year of the Horse was back in 2002.
2. People born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be hard-working, high-spirited, smart, sophisticated and talented. It is also thought that Horses do not like to be restrained and tend to be impatient.
4. Therefore, Red is the key colour for the New Year’s celebrations. It also symbolises a bright and happy future where people wear this colour throughout the celebrations.
5. One of the most important nights within the 15 day celebrations this year is January 30th (New Years Eve). On this night, families gather together to eat and welcome in the New Year. The dinner ususally comprises of serving fish and dumplings as these are known to bring prosperity and good luck.
6. Fireworks at midnight drive away the evil and celebrate the new year.
abstain from eating meat to bring good luck for the coming year.
8. For all those dog lovers out there, the second day of the Chinese New Year celebrates all dog’s birthdays, so treat that pet pooch of yours.
9.The seventh day celebrates all human-beings birthdays where many will eat long noodles (for longevity) and raw fish (for success) as part of the celebrations.
10. On the fifteenth day, the Yuan Xiao Festival otherwise known as The Lantern Festival is held. As part of the celebrations children carry round lanterns during the night time parade. This festival marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations.