Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) celebrations have begun to commemorate the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Although in Saratoga Springs, it seems like every year is the “year of the horse” this year’s lunar zodiac symbol is cause for extra celebration in 2014!
For a lot of us, our knowledge of the Chinese zodiac ends at those cute restaurant place-mats that tell you about your personality based on the year you were born. There’s a lot more to it than that, so read up!
The Chinese Zodiac is a complex system in which years are associated with twelve zodiac symbols represented as animals. The animal signs are assigned to years in twelve-year cycles and are supposed to represent how a person born under a particular sign behaves and how others perceive them.
There’s a much more complicated system of months, days, and hours along with earthly elements, but that’s for the astrologists to explain. Let us break it down to what The 2014 Year of the Horse might mean for you:
In Chinese mythology, the horse often represents energy, intelligence, and ability. During a year of the horse, those born under this sign are believed to encounter good fortune and financial change. For those who were not born under the horse symbol, the year of the horse will bring them health, luck, and travel. It sounds like no matter your zodiac sign, 2014 should be a positive time for all.
We’ve always loved horses in Saratoga Springs – they’re everywhere. Though, after looking through the photos of Lunar New Year celebrations, it seems like we could take a couple pages out of their horse decoration book. Maybe it’s time we get our own lighted horse lanterns to brighten up Broadway? What do you think?
If you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year in Saratoga, let us know! Comment below! Keep following the Saratoga.com blog for all things horses!