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The 'Year of the Horse': Happy Chinese New Year 恭禧發財

The Year of the Horse
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The year 2014 is the "Year of the Horse" in the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese New Year for the Year of the Horse (wood) starts on Jan 31, 2014 and lasts until Feb 18, 2015.

Not sure if you were born in the Year of the Horse, then see the start and end dates and heavenly branch for the Year of the Horse at the bottom of this article.

If you were born in the "Year of the Horse," you're bright, energetic, warm-hearted, intelligent, and cheerful, as well as kind to others. However, you're also extremely independent and you rarely listen to advice.

Strengths: If you were born in the Year of the Horse, you love to be in the limelight, and you enjoy entertainment and large crowds. Some of those born under this Chinese sign of the Zodiac move in glamorous circles and pursue high-profile careers. You're excellent communicators, but at times you tend to talk too much. In any case, you are popular with friends.

Weaknesses: You can't bear constraint and can be impatient and hot tempered about almost everything. Being flamboyant in nature, Horses tend to be wasteful, as they lack of budgetary efficiency. And, because of their tendency to interfere in things, they often fail to finish their own projects, which results in pessimism.


Relationships: This year, your love life will probably just be "so so." If you have plans to marry this year, be sure to pick an auspicious date, or the marriage may suffer. If you're single, you'll probably meet several people you have feelings for, but unfortunately, none of them will turn out to be "Mr. or Ms. Right." Husbands and wives born under the sign of the Horse find themselves arguing a lot this year and should focus on communication and mutual understanding to avoid it. It's a good time to turn to family and friends for advice (even though you find it hard to do so)

Health: In 2014, some Horses suffer some minor discomforts, like dermatitis, and should be especially careful around sharp items like knives, as unexpected injuries can occur. Over-eating is another consideration. Women pay attention to your urinary system, and men to your stomachs, and all born under this sign should be mindful of ears and hearts this year. In fact, a good physical exam wouldn't hurt. Spending time lots of time outdoors is beneficial for both sexes.

Career: In 2014, you'll find that even the smallest things offend you, and it'll be hard to keep relationships with colleagues harmonious. Doubting yourself is a problem that can lead to a gradual loss of confidence, and you'll find yourself seeking confirmation again and again from those around you. Instead of doubting yourself, be confident and confide more in family than in colleagues. If possible, keep a low profile at work (not easy for Horses) and try to get along with the boss. Beware of those who play tricks on you in an attempt to hold you back. Achievement in your job will come.

Wealth: Your financial fortunes in 2014 are unstable and unexpected costs pop up frequently. Be cautious in money matters and be sure to exercise caution when making investments, perhaps considering the suggestions of others. This will be a changeable year for the market, so have a strong plan before investing large amounts of money.

"Year of the Horse" Start Date/End Date/ Heavenly Branch

  • 25-Jan-1906 to 12-Feb-1907 (Fire Horse)
  • 11-Feb-1918 to 31-Jan-1919 (Earth Horse)
  • 30-Jan-1930 to 16-Feb-1931 (Metal Horse)
  • 15-Feb-1942 to 04-Feb-1943 (Water Horse)
  • 3-Feb-1954 to 23-Feb-1955 (Wood Horse)
  • 21-Jan-1966 to 08-Feb-1967 (Fire Horse)
  • 07-Feb-7198 to 27-Jan-1979 (Earth Horse)
  • 27-Jan-1990 to 14-Feb-1991 (Metal Horse)
  • 12-Feb-2002 to 31-Jan-2003 (Water Horse)
  • 31-Jan-2014 to 18-Feb-2015 (Wood Horse)
  • 17-Feb-2026 to 05-Feb-2027 (Fire Horse)
  • 4-Feb-2038 to 23-Jan-2039 (Earth Horse)

恭禧發財 Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).

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