Year of the Horse

My horses playing in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

My horses frolicking in the field (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is an ancient tradition celebrated annually on the first day of the Chinese calendar, this being its 4,712th year.  The festivities usually last about two weeks, until the full moon, and involve family gatherings, feasts, fireworks, and even a little spring cleaning to “sweep away any ill fortune”. Based on a lunisolar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day/new moon (approximately 15 days following a full moon), this year’s Chinese New Year falls on January 31, 2014; the year of the horse. 

Year of the Horse image in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Year of the Horse image (

As the legend goes, Buddha asked all the animals to gather together on the Chinese New Year.  Twelve came; the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake (last year-2013), horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.  The Buddha named a year after each one, announcing that those born in an animal’s year would possess some of that animal’s traits.  To find out your Chinese zodiac translation, consult with an astrology website or pick up a book at your local library.  Although I’m a dog myself, here’s some tidbits for those of you that are horses:

Year of the Horse stamp in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Year of the Horse stamp (Huffington Post)

If you were born in the year of the horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002), you are considered bright, energetic, warm hearted, witty, talented and perceptive.  The Chinese believed the horse represented their own ideals; one of intelligence and ability, capable of accomplishing much.  People born in the year of the horse are said to have ingenious communicating techniques, loving the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to have adventurous careers. Like their equine paradigm, they enjoy hanging out with the herd and dislike solitude.  Also reflective of equine nature, horse people may be somewhat hot-blooded, impatient, independent, and indifferent to constraints and responsibilities.

Chinese wooden horse image in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Chinese wooden horse image (

This year the Chinese New Year falls on the last day of January, leaving 47 days until the official first day of spring, which falls on March 20th.  Whether horse or not, we can celebrate this custom by saying: “Good bye” (and good riddance) to the toughest days January dished out, and look forward to warmer days not quite so far from reach.  This year of the wood horse (other year elements are: fire, earth, metal and water) holds the same promise as any other new year; the potential to learn and enjoy as much as our hearts desire . . . Giddy up, let’s go~


  1. Born in 1966, most of this is great news! Wonderfully informative article Kathy. Only 47 days till spring . . . hanging on by a thread.

    • This is your year-you’ll have to research what the “wood” implications are. Thank you to the first part of your comment, and Aren’t we all to the second!!!

  2. Great info!! Love the photo of the Girls!

  3. Awesome job very imformitive. I also looooove the pictures…

    • Why thank you, Lillia! Keep reading because I have a really neat blog about bats coming the end of the week!

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