Happy Chinese New Year!

Western concept of time is linear, meaning time proceeds in a straight line from past, to present, and future, while traditional China uses a 12-year-cycle for dating the years. Each Chinese year corresponds to one of 12 different animals with certain personality traits, and the animal signs (or zodiac) repeat every 12 years in the following order:

  1. Rat: charming, hardworking, thrifty, ambitious
  2. Ox: patient, alert, quiet, stubborn
  3. Tiger: sensitive, sympathetic, indecisive, powerful
  4. Rabbit: articulate, talented, kind, financially lucky
  5. Dragon: healthy, energetic, excitable, brave
  6. Snake: intense, passionate, wise, hates to fail
  7. Horse: popular, cheerful, perceptive, independent
  8. Ram: elegant, creative, shy, pessimistic
  9. Monkey: clever, flexible, inventive, sensible
  10. Rooster: busy, eccentric, deep thinker, loner
  11. Dog: loyal, honest, good leader, secret keeper
  12. Pig: chivalrous, determined, studious, problem solver

Legend has it that the 12 animals argued who would be first, so the gods called for a swimming contest.  All 12 animals fathered at a river bank and jumped in, but the rat shrewdly hopped on the ox’s back.  Although the ox reached the opposite shore first, the rat leaped onto land and won the race before the ox climbed out of the water.

Proper Chinese culture frowns upon asking people’s ages directly, but knowing their zodiac sign is a polite way of estimating (within 12 years) how old they are.  Using common sense, one could determine that the new neighbor is 73 years old rather than 61 or 85.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Horse starts from Jan. 31, 2014 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 18, 2015.

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

 

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Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers. They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

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