People born in the Year of the Horse are clever, kind, animated and energetic. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd. They are popular among friends, active at work and have a deft sense of humour.

2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally.

PINKHORSE-Horse lucky gemstone

Beryl

Horse lucky colour

Green

Horse lucky numbers

3, 4, 9

Horse lucky flowers

Giant taro, jasmine

Most compatible signs for the Horse

Tiger, Sheep or Dog

Most incompatible signs for the Horse

Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse

Most compatible careers for the Horse

Publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

People born in the Year of the Horse

Margaret Court, Lindy Lee, Robyn Nevin, Dorothy Porter, Helen Reddy, Liam Hemsworth,

Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt and Genghis Khan.

Chinese New Year Facts

Clean your house from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year.

Decorate your home to welcome in the New Year. Red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune.

Place mandarins in bowls throughout the house. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. Keep their numbers even though, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness.

Wear new clothes and ensure you are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come.

Celebrate New Year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.

Apricot and peach blossom are popular decorations during Vietnamese Tet and symbolise new beginnings.

The main difference between the Chinese and Vietnamese lunar calendars is that the Vietnamese replace the Ox, Rabbit and Sheep in the Chinese calendar with the Buffalo, Cat and Goat respectively.

Kite flying is a popular New Year tradition in Korea.

Enjoy a soup of thinly-sliced rice cakes (duk gook) – a traditional New Year meal in Korea. Because everyone turns a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook.

Refrain from uttering words relating to misfortune, such as ‘death’, ‘broken’, ‘killing’, ‘ghost’ and ‘illness’ during New Year as this may bring bad luck for the year to come.

Make sure the barrel of rice is full at New Year to ensure prosperity in the year to come.

Give younger members of the family red lai-see (‘lucky money’) envelopes to pass on prosperity.

Zodiac years

The 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac are known to the Chinese as the Twelve Earthly Stems.

Some say the Chinese zodiac animals derive from an ancient tale of Buddha holding a race and asking all the animals to participate. The first 12 were given a place in the calendar. The Rat won by riding on the Ox’s back and the Pig came last because he stopped to have a meal.

Are you a charming Snake, a witty Monkey or maybe a friendly Rabbit? Find out what Chinese zodiac animal you are and see what characteristics your sign gives you.

Chinese zodiac signs

Sign Years
Rat
intellectual, imaginative, charming
1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
Ox
honest, motivated, genuine
1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Tiger
brave, unpredictable, resilient
1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
Rabbit
friendly, talented, calm
1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
Dragon
innovative, self-assured, passionate
1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
Snake
wise, intuitive, charming
1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Horse
friendly, positive, sophisticated
1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
Sheep
artistic, elegant, kind
1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
Monkey
witty, clever, resourceful
1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
Rooster
hard-working, courageous, romantic
1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
Dog
loyal, compassionate, honest
1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
Pig
reliable, generous, devoted
1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019