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Philadelphia Celebrations: Year of the Horse

According to ancient Chinese wisdom a horse is a good omen of victories, adventure, and romance. Get ready for a wild year as the wooden horse means there is more strength to the fire of the horse to carry you throughout the year!

Dancers perform on stage during the Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony in Chinatown on January 11, 2014 in Singapore.
Dancers perform on stage during the Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony in Chinatown on January 11, 2014 in Singapore.
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The Chinese Lunar New Year of horse also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.
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Philadelphia is gearing up for the Year of the Horse, and is set to start according to Chinese calendar.

The Chinese new year is set to start according to Chinese calendar, which is lunisolar,. Philadelphia traditionally starts off a new year at 11:00 pm, the previous day, at "Paifang" China gate with the Lion Dance Parade and fireworks. Paifang is located at 10th Street in Philadelphia, situated between Market and Arch street.

Philadelphia traditionally starts off a new year at 11:00 pm of the previous day: example: January 30, 2014. This is in accordance to years of tradition of setting off fireworks the evening preceding the new year to drive away evil spirits and to welcome in good fortune for the new year.

Check out all the happenings around Chinatown for this grand celebration of the Year of the Horse!

Year of the Horse: January 31, 2014

Year of the Horse: February 17, 2026