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Chinese Year of the Horse off and running this weekend

Sculpture of Horse from Chinese zodiac in the park at Mount Mogan in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province, China.
Sculpture of Horse from Chinese zodiac in the park at Mount Mogan in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Gung hei fat choy!

The Super Bowl isn’t the only big event this weekend. For billions of people throughout the world today also ushers in the “Year of the Horse,” one in which we hope will prove a “stable” year for most.

The Horse is the seventh cycle in the Chinese Zodiac, which is comprised of twelve animals: 1) Rat; 2) Ox; 3) Tiger; 4) Rabbit; 5) Dragon; 6) Snake; 7) Horse; 8) Goat (or sheep); 9) Monkey; 10) Rooster; 11) Dog; and 12) Monkey.

According to tradition, “horse people” are “intelligent, full of energy, and are commonly physically strong.” While they enjoy staying at peaceful places, they also like to be around people, often in crowded places with lots of entertainment. Basically very sociable, those born in the year of the horse are reputed to be very sociable and “loved by many."

It is also said that “horses” find great pleasure in being involved with charity events and look to build their own humanitarian projects. They also likes to take risks on career ventures, and while they make good employees, many do not like to stay working for one company for long-term. Yet, while “horses” can be stubborn when making their own life decisions, they also have their own “earthy sides.”

Celebrities born under the sign of the Horse include Sandra Bullock Halle Berry, Aretha Franklin, Robin Wright, and Cindy Crawford.