Next Friday, January 31st is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. Chinese celebrations will start on Thursday night (Chinese New Year’s Eve) and conclude with the Lantern festival on February 14th this year. Firework displays have become an important part of this celebration. This tradition started in ancient China, when bamboo stems were filed with gunpowder to create little explosions. These explosions were believed to drive away evil spirits. The tradition continued when firecrackers were manufactured and now full fireworks displays are used to scare away evil spirits and signify a joyful time of year.
Along with the fireworks displays and celebrations, each year on the lunar calendar is represented by a Chinese zodiac that is believed to represent qualities of people born during that lunar year. January 31st, 2014 will start the year of the Horse. People born in the years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 have the sign of the Horse. If you fall into this category you are said to be hard-working, very independent, intelligent, successful, wise, talented and perceptive. Although you may possess these good qualities, you may also be selfish, impatient, unwilling to take advice, and have a weakness for the opposite sex. Do you belong to the Chinese sign of the Horse?