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Get ready for the Year of the Horse

January 28, 2014 

Travel not only stirs the blood, but also gives strength to the spirit. Unfortunately, we all cannot travel whenever the desire strikes.

But I always like to see what’s going on elsewhere so I could put it on my bucket list. One of the things I would like to do is celebrate Chinese New Year – in China.

Chinese New Year begins Jan. 31 and the Chinese year is 4712. This is the year of the Horse, which translates to greater prosperity both personally and professionally – everything from employment, opportunities in the real estate market and if you are on a job hunt, your prospects are much better.

Legend has it that in ancient times Buddha asked all the animals to meet with him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, so Buddha named each one. He said the people born in each animal year would have some of the animal’s personality. People born in the Horse year are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty and good with their hands.

In China, the New Year celebration is a time for reunions and shared food, just like in the United States on our holidays. Chinese New Year is all about bringing good fortune to you and your loved ones. Red is one of the strongest symbols of luck and happiness in Chinese culture. In China, friends exchange red envelopes filled with money to symbolize the transfer of good fortune.

There is a free family day Chinese New Year celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Franklin Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. It sounds like something worth checking out. Even is a big trip is out of the question, sometimes a small one can fulfill a need.

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