The Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year technically may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a bit more about it!

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals. It is a time of family reunion. Families thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poems. People wear red clothes and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. Fireworks, firecrackers, the lion dance, the dragon dance and lanterns are common customs and traditions observed during this period.

Legend has it that 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. People born in the Year of the Horse are highly animated, active, and energetic. They are cheerful, skillful with money, witty, talented, independent and hardworking. Their most striking characteristic is their strong self-confidence. The horse is a symbol of travel-a sign of speedy success, as it gallops at top speed toward its destination.

Find out more about Chinese New Year by checking out these books:

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Yim    Bringing in the New Year by Lin    Chinese New Year by Heinrichs

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
Chinese New Year by Ann Heinrichs

Find more books about Chinese New Year in the Non-Fiction section J394.261, but don’t forget to check out the Chinese folktales in J398!

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