01 February 2014 09:45 | By PlasaMSN
The Year of the Horse

This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year



This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
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  • This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • Dekorasi Kuda di Tahun Baru Cina (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • Dekorasi Kuda di Tahun Baru Cina (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • Dekorasi Kuda di Tahun Baru Cina (© REUTERS PHOTO)
  • This Chinese New Year belongs to the Wooden Horse, so fittingly the animal will be celebrated throughout the year (© REUTERS PHOTO)
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The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday to the Chinese, where it is a time to close the door on bad luck and usher in good fortune.

The Chinese zodiac has 12 animals and follows a 12-year lunar cycle accordingly. Each of the 12 animals are associated with five elements, namely Earth, Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse, and those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be stable, adventurous and energetic.

Above, a woman walks near a horse-shaped ornament of a horse in a calendar welcomes Chinese New Year at Ditan Park, Beijing, China, 27 Janaury 2014.

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