This auspicious day falls on 31st January and is followed by 15 days of celebrations all over the world.
Perth is no exception with plenty of horsing around all over the city but most notably is the community event held in Northbridge by the Chung Wah Association on 9th February. Along James Street there will be over 100 stalls with performances occurring every 30 minutes including lion and dragon dances and costume parades with stage shows in the courtyard of Chinatown on Roe Street. The Northbridge Piazza hosts a Kids’ Zone during the day and a multicultural concert after the sun has sunk into the Indian Ocean.
It’s the year of the horse but what does it mean? As well as being clever, kind, cheerful, energetic, perceptive and talented, those born in the year of the horse are good communicators and very comfortable in the limelight. Despite their popularity amongst their peers and the community, they rarely listen to the advice of others but instead strive to achieve success at all costs which often results in the pursuit of high profile careers. Independent and hot blooded, they’re flamboyant and wasteful by nature and generally not good with financial matters.
Not to worry, as with success comes the means to hire others to handle such trivial matters which worked well for other horsey celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Cindy Crawford, Franklin D Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand and Genghis Khan.
Out of the five elements of earth, water, fire, wood and metal, their element is fire. Generally, the luckiest colours are brown, yellow, purple, green and they should wear something red to avoid offending Tai Sui, the God of Age, to escape bad luck for the year. Lucky numbers are 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9.
2014 is the year of the wooden horse and is associated with warfare. Nonetheless, here’s hoping for a peaceful year.
If you want to know more about Chinese New Year check out my article Let’s spring in the new year