Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.
The Year of the Horse begins January 31, 2014
Rapid occurrences and unpredictable events will abound and those who grab the reins will reach their destination. Symbols of agility and success, horses are strong, stable, social and smart. They are cooperative and calm when well trained, yet are never far from their innate wildness. Act dismissively toward them and you will rue the day, but respectful treatment will repay you tenfold and carry you to your goals.
People born in the Year of the Horse enjoy crowds, prefer the limelight and dress for success. Cheerful, perceptive and talented, they are good communicators but often talk too much. They are independent and have powerful egos. They rarely listen to advice and often have difficulty with constraint,
Horse people are powerful and enduring and have the will to win, but their power can only carry them so far, to succeed, they must control their tempers.
Famous Horses (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Davy Crockett, Jackie Chan, Emma Watson, Rembrandt and Genghis Kahn.
About the Lunar New Year
New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. At Chinese New Year people wear red clothes, decorate their homes with poems on red paper, and give children lucky money in red envelopes. The fireworks that shower the festivities frighten evil spirits and forecast a fortunate year.
The Lunar New Year lasts for two weeks. There are parades, parties, fireworks and feasts. Eat dumplings, melon seeds and candy to bring wealth, good fortune and happiness. Seven days before the new year, clean your house and feed the Kitchen God. As the story has it, one week before the Spring Festival begins, the Kitchen God returns to heaven to report on the family's behavior in the previous year. A negative report means bad luck in the coming year. So to get a good report, the custom evolved of giving him sweets.
Tradition holds that whatever occurs on the first day of the Lunar Year will happen for the rest of the year. So don't be angry or sad, and don't do anything bad. For a good year, smile, laugh, be kind to everyone you meet and practice, tai chi, chi kung and meditation.
Parades and Celebrations
Firecracker Ceremony and Parade
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Roosevelt Park (Grand & Hester Streets)
Firecrackers, Lion dances, cultural performances and classic song.
Lunar New Year Parade
Sunday, February 2, 2014 1:00 p.m.(Mott and Hester)
The parade winds through Chinatown, with floats, marching bands, Lion dances, magicians and acrobats.
Lunar New Year Parade
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00PM
About 4000 people march in this parade each year, along with Dragon dancers, drummers, magicians and fireworks.
New Year Festival at Flushing Library
February, 16, 2014
Chinese folk dance, kung fu demonstrations and ballet.
Flushing Town Hall Celebration
New Year celebrations continue for two months. Festivities include traditional Chinese music, dancing and calligraphy.
Thanks to the following sites for their information