Dates: January 30 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to February 14 (Lantern Festival)

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China. The Chinese New Year 2014 starts on Jan. 30 (Chinese New Year' Eve). It is the year of Horse. The festival falls on the first day of the first Chinese month (usually in late January and early February), and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

The festival is celebrated grandly and extensively across the country. Various cultural activities such as lighting fireworks, dragon dancing, lion dancing and other traditional performances, are arranged in parks and streets in cities and towns. Every family thoroughly cleans the house, sweeps the floors and washes daily use items.
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People born in the year of the horse are sanguine, sharp-minded, dress fashionably, gifted with a silver tongue, and have acute insight. But they fall in the snares of love easily, and break away from them lightly.

Most of the people born in the year of the horse leave their homes when they are young; those who stay at home start their careers early. They are vigorous and energetic. Their most striking point lies in their strong self-confidence, gentleness, and the ability to act as agents in financial transactions.

They don't adhere to old habits and like showing...

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Spring Festival is the most important festival in China. There are six important days in Spring Festival.

The 10th Day Before the New Year Day – Day of Sweeping the Grounds
Preliminary Eve
The New Year's Eve - Reunion Dinner
The First Day of the New Year
The Second Day of the New Year
The 15th Day of the New Year - Lantern Festival

People usually clean their houses, take down the old pictures and put up new ones ten days before the Chinese New Year....

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There are a lot of food in Chinese culture associated with the Chinese New Year. Although preferences vary from region to region, some examples include the following:

New Year Rice Cake (nián gāo)
Prosperity Cake (fā gāo)
Dumpling (jiǎo zi)
Mandarin Oranges(jīn jú)
Whole Steamed Fish (zhěng yú)

Fagao literally translated as "Prosperity Cake". It is made of wheat flour, water, sugar and leavened with either yeast or baking powder. Fagao batter is steamed until it rises and splits open at the top. ...

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According to Chinese astrology, our universe consists of five basic elements namely Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Everything has a relationship with these five elements. These five elements are also applied to Chinese Zodiac.

METAL HORSE - 1870, 1930, 1990

A popular but peripatetic and unruly type of Horse. Being demonstrative, impetuous and bold, he will be a most engaging personality. He is highly amorous and very appealing to the opposite sex. Gifted with a prolific mind and fine intuition, he can be extremely productive when he is positive.
 
Blesses with strong recuperative powers, the Metal Horse is never out of action for long. He is constantly seeking excitement and climbing to breathtaking heights.
 
Metal element will make this Horse more stubborn and self-centered than other types of Horses. He may be a proverbial bubbling stream filled with brilliant ideas but he is not a consistent administrator.
 
If his work gives him no satisfaction, no fun, no rewarding stimulation, he will become irresolute and irresponsible. He cannot exist on a diet of daily routine, nor can he function with someone glancing over his shoulder. He thirsts constantly for new experiences and challenges. When he is negative, he will have an irrational need for liberty and be unable to establish deep personal involvements for fear they may curtail his freedom or make demands on his time.

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WOOD HORSE - 1894, 1954, 2014
 
Friendly, cooperative and less impatient, this type of Horse could be the most reasonable of the lot. But he will still resist being dominated. The Wood element enables him to discipline his mind better and he will be capable of clear and systematic thinking. The Wood Horse will have a happy disposition and be very active in social affairs. As a good conversationalist, he is not overly egoistical and will not constantly vie for the headlines.
 
But, as he is progressive, modern and unsentimental, he will throw out the old and welcome the new. Changes and new inventions capture his imagination and he will not shrink from trying the unconventional.
 
He will like to explore many other fields but will try hard to fulfill his responsibilities first. The strong, high-spirited and sanguine Wood Horse does not have a lazy bone in his body, but he would do well to learn to be more cautious and discerning.

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WATER HORSE - 1882, 1942, 2002
 
A cheerful, dapper Horse with excellent business acumen, inordinately concerned with his own well-being, status and comfort. He is very adaptable to change and can make extensive adjustments without batting an eyelash.
 
This nomadic type of Horse could be more restless than the others. A travel bug and sports enthusiast, he won't let any grass grow under his feet.
 
He could also have the habit of changing his mind frequently and may take up an entirely different course of action without bothering to give any explanation. His mind and movements are guided by sporadic bursts of nervous but inspired action.
 
He will have a good sense of humor and can be very amusing when he wants to be. A smart and colorful dresser, he can discourse on any subject with anyone.
 
When he is negative, he is pretentious and inconsistent and can exhibit a deplorable lack of consideration for others. The Water Horse must develop long-range planning and dedication. 

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WATER HORSE - 1882, 1942, 2002

A flamboyant and itinerant Horse with a superb intellect and great personal magnetism. He tries to bring about the changes he desires through force and sheer willpower.
 
This is a double Fire sign (Fire also being the Horse's fixed element), and it will produce a native who is highly excitable and hot-blooded.
 
The Fire Horse is easily distracted and is too inconsistent to stick to repetitive tasks. He has flair, wit and charm but his continuous stream of bright ideas makes him extremely volatile. His personality is many-faceted and he requires a great deal of spice and variety in his life. He is happiest leading a double or triple life or having several professions to his credit.
 
He will love to travel, anticipates action and change and works most efficiently when put in charge. He rarely accepts supervision from others, even his superiors.
 
The Fire Horse is a thrill-seeker. He can sort out and deal with all kinds of people and situations within a minute's notice. He is skillful at resolving sticky affairs but is not above being argumentative.
 
This type of Horse will have the gifts of ingenuity and resourcefulness but not perseverance.
 
A flamboyant and itinerant Horse with a superb intellect and great personal magnetism. He tries to bring about the changes he desires through force and sheer willpower.
 
This is a double Fire sign (Fire also being the Horse's fixed element), and it will produce a native who is highly excitable and hot-blooded.
 
The Fire Horse is easily distracted and is too inconsistent to stick to repetitive tasks. He has flair, wit and charm but his continuous stream of bright ideas makes him extremely volatile. His personality is many-faceted and he requires a great deal of spice and variety in his life. He is happiest leading a double or triple life or having several professions to his credit.
 
He will love to travel, anticipates action and change and works most efficiently when put in charge. He rarely accepts supervision from others, even his superiors.
 
The Fire Horse is a thrill-seeker. He can sort out and deal with all kinds of people and situations within a minute's notice. He is skillful at resolving sticky affairs but is not above being argumentative.
 
This type of Horse will have the gifts of ingenuity and resourcefulness but not perseverance.

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EARTH HORSE - 1918, 1978, 2038
 
A happy, congenial Horse; more precise and slow moving. He is apt to be more logical but less decisive. He likes to consider all sides of a question before acting.
 
With Earth as his element, he will be less abrupt. He can settle down and learn to toe the line when necessary. He offers less resistance to authority. Still, he is a finely tuned animal with an ability to sniff out feasible investments. He can bring shaky business back to life and give impetus to lagging industries.
 
Although he is the look-before-you-leap type, he is, nonetheless, very capricious about little things and will not make up his mind easily. He may hedge on one occasion and then take on more than he can handle on another.
 
Source: The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau Published by arrow Books Limited

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