Lifecare is ready to greet the 4712 Chinese New Year

Lifecare ready to celebrate Year of the Horse!

Lifecare ready to celebrate Year of the Horse!

The Chinese 4712 New Year is the year of the Horse!

New Year symbol of horse











On 31st January 2014, the 4712 Chinese Year will be greeted by people from all over the world and the brightly coloured celebrations will begin! This year is the year of the Horse.

A Charming New Year

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.

Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. RembrandtHarrison FordAretha FranklinChopinSandra Day O’Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of the horse.

Fireworks and Family Feasts

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.

The Lantern Festival

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve. In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

If you plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year by taking a trip, talk to Lifecare about your travel insurance needs, by calling us on:

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Posted by Lifecare at December 13, 2013 at Lifecare, Dubai |