People around the globe will celebrate the lunar new year on Friday, Jan. 31. In addition to cleaning their homes, eating good food, and celebrating with loved ones, revelers will likely take special consideration of this year’s totem animal, the horse.
What’s it all about? Fleet-footed and strong, the horse epitomizes unbridled energy, a love of freedom, and an attractive, friendly demeanor. In the Chinese zodiac, the horse is often said to represent unexpected adventure and romance, with opportunities arriving at a fast clip. Be prepared for surprise business boons or career moves. Organizing your home office and closets now can you put in good shape for quick action when opportunity strikes.
Encourage the romantic energy of the horse with wall art or a pillow. Added to the mix of a gallery wall or pillow assortment, it will add a pop of confidence, an attractive trait to be sure.
Travel is also associated with the horse, so consider versatile luggage pieces for a weekend getaway or an even longer excursion. The horse emanates confidence and social prowess; take advantage of occasions to step out with friends or invite them to your own home for a spirited soiree.
This year is also dedicated to the wood element, making 2014 the year of the wooden horse. Teamwork is a hallmark of wood years, so hopefully you’ll find it easy to craft practical solutions in groups and have fun in the process. In your home, this year should be a great time to complete projects with your family or cohabitants, from organizing the pantry to larger remodels or renovations.
For those who have a yen for celebrating the lunar new year at home, here are some traditional practices from China and several other Asian countries where the holiday has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years …
- After a thorough cleaning, decorate your home to welcome in the new year. Red is a popular color for the new year’s decor. The wood element is associated with the color green, so bringing more verdant hues and plants into your home is a fun nod to the legends.
- Placing mandarins in bowls throughout the house is a traditional way to encourage happiness to dwell in your home in the new year.
- Celebrate the new year with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity.
Kung Hao Fat Choi! Here’s to great prosperity and happiness in the year of the wooden horse.
—Augusta, hayneedle.com editor