The Chinese New year is a time of cultural indulgence seen nowhere else on Earth. Most parts of China go into party mode as the day approaches. As early as a week before, streets and houses were themed red with lanterns hanging across the parks. This year the festival was held on 31st of January 2014. Its is the year of the Horse and everywhere in China one can see images and representations of the horse. Normally there is a one week holiday after the celebrations.
Across all bus and train stations in China, it was crazy and even after the celebrations were over, groups of people could be seen trying to get tickets, perhaps better late than ever. Spring Festival 【春节】lies within the core-of the rich Chinese culture. Its a time to get together with family and have a lovely warm time. Most cities, in anticipation of this, will open additional bus and train lines to prevent a strain on the current facilities.
The Year of the Horse.
The Chinese zodiac – or Shēngxiào – is a calendar system originating in the Han dynasty (206-220BC), which names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order. According to the system, the universe is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and metal – which interact with the 12 animals, resulting in the specific character of the year ahead.
People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty. – The Guardian.com
Happy New Year to all my Chinese readers.
新年快乐 | 马年好！