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The traditional New Year didn’t start out quite right for you?
Try the Chinese New Year for a second chance. The “Year of the Horse”, which begins on January 31st
according to the lunar calendar, and, according to the Chinese it will be a very lucky year. The Year of
the Horse kicks out the Year of the Snake — not a good year considering all the turmoil, conflicts and
tragedies in the world during its time in charge.
The Oroville Chinese Temple & Museum Complex, located at 1500 Broderick Street, will be hosting
a special Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, January 31, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. with
refreshments, including fortune cookies, and festively costumed Docents.
As the Chinese say, “A good horse never turns its head to eat the grass behind.” So, look ahead, not
back. People born under the sign of the horse may be a little untamed, but they are supposed to be
popular, cheerful, talented, independent and skillful with their money. Don’t forget that a horseshoe is a
sign of good luck for Westerners.
You are a horse if you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and, of course, in 2014
on or after January 31st. The Chinese zodiac runs a 12-year cycle with each year symbolized by an
animal. Besides the exiting snake and the horse galloping toward you, the others are sheep, monkey,
rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit and dragon.
By the way, horse is pronounced “ma” in Chinese. Among famous horse people are Billy Graham,
Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel, Clint Eastwood, Teddy Roosevelt, Chopin and Rembrandt. The
Chinese New Year is celebrated not only in China but in most of East Asia. With China growing
in wealth and influence, anyone doing business with the Chinese probably have learned to say,
in Mandarin, “Xin nian kuai le”, (pronounced: sing nee -ann koo-why ler) for Happy New Year,
and “Gong xi fa cai”, (pronounced: “gong zee fah chai)” for may you be prosperous! Gong xi
means “congratulations” and is also a way to wish one joy. Fa cai is to become rich or make money. In
essence, you are wishing one joy and prosperity in the New Year.