The Chinese New Year begins Friday, January 31, 2014. This is the year of the Horse. The celebrations are expected to continue throughout the weekend and coincide with the Super Bowl.


The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar cycle and has twelve animal sign instead of planetary signs like Western Astrology. Its origins go back to the Han Dynasty of 206BC- 220AD. The signs are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.


The origins of this and other world calendars are based upon the ancient realization that there are 12 full Moons in one year. Given that the length of lunar cycle or month does not equal our current calendar month, finding your Chinese Zodiac year can be tricky without a calculator like this one: http://easycalculation.com/zodiac/zodiac.php


People born in the year of the Horse are good communicators and like to be in the public eye. They are clever, kind, and sometimes talk too much. They are cheerful, happy people who like social events, are often popular, enjoy crowds and are hard workers.


The shadow side of the Horse people is that they do not take to being confined very well. They can be quiet impatient, somewhat superficial, and unwilling to take advice. A failed experience can lead them to be pessimistic. Horse people are often not very good with financial matters or finishing projects they start.


Some of the famous people born under the sign of the Horse are: Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, and Kobe Bryant.