This is the opening week of Chinese New Year.
The year 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Chinese or not, we should all take a moment to recognize the tradition and take a look at what it means. We live amongst a diversity of cultures and they all deserve appreciation.
Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with an animal sign. Last year, for instance, was the Year of the Snake. The zodiac calendar has 12 cycles with each cycle lasting 12 months and represented by an animal.
According to an article on the International Business Times website, the horse is associated with the element of wood. It is said that,“Meanwhile, those born under this sign are known to possess good communication skills and are cheerful but stubborn,” the article said.
Time published some great photos regarding celebrations of the Chinese New Year from around the world. Some included a fire-breathing performer at the 2014 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong, fireworks on the streets of Shanghai and a lion dancer in Cambodia.
Celebrations like these will continue until the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year, which is the Lantern Festival. Seeing and hearing stories of celebration are a nice breather from the harsh realities we see around the world. We often forget how lucky we are to live in a place like Canada, but international horror stories are always looming to remind and show us what’s happening in the world.
Chinese New Year does more than that, though. In a multicultural community, it serves as a way to unite people and celebrate all that is good.
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