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Friday, January 31, 2014

I just had to wish every a Happy New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year that is.

This is what I learned on NPR this morning: today, January 31st, is the first day of the 2014 Chinese New Year in China's time zone which I think was actually somewhere around 11:30pm last night for us but you get the picture.

So if your old New Year’s Resolutions are not going so great, here is the perfect opportunity to start anew. I’m not big into New Year’s Resolutions myself, but everyone likes bright shiny new beginnings, right?

And if you are speeding along like a juggernaut with your health, fitness and life improvements, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate those things!

2014 is the year of Horse.

Here is what says about this bright shiny new year before you (grammatical issues and all - try reading this with a Chinese accent, it works better) -

“Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides people quick transportation before automobiles, so people can quickly reach their destinations. Horse even can help people to win the battle. Therefore Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory. That's why Horse is connected to speedy success in China.”

How awesome is that? I read it again. Knock me over with a feather, but this is the year we are all primed to:

Quickly reach our destinations.

We are gonna get some help to win our battles.

We are primed for travel, competition and victory.

And let’s not forget about all that speedy success we are in for.

I’m liking the Chinese New Year even better than our own January 1st thing. All we get year after year is a bunch of cold, drunk people in Times Square.

I looked to see what a few other sites had to say about our bright shiny Chinese New Year….

Here is what Susan Levitt, has to say about it:

“In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. Horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to the power and strength of the Horse.”

I don’t about you, but my first thought was that a flying horse would rain down more than peace and blessings, but I’ll just have my magical pooper scooper with me when I’m out and about and take what I can get.

Then I found out everyone is born under the sign of an animal. I crossed my fingers and hoped mine was something good.

What Chinese animal sign are you?

Year of the Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) – Rat people are popular, inventive and artistic.

Year of the Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) – Ox people are dependable and calm. They are good listeners and have strong ideas.

Year of the Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) – Tiger people are brave and respected by others.

Year of the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) – Rabbit people are talkative, trustworthy and a pleasure to be around.

Year of the Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) – Dragon people are healthy and energetic. They are good friends and good listeners.

Year of the Snake (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) – Snake people are cultured, have good taste and are lucky with money.

Year of the Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) – Horse people are popular, cheerful, friendly and hardworking.

Year of the Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) – Goat people are artistic, curious, wise and like nice things.

Year of the Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) – Monkey people are funny and are good problem solvers.

Year of the Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) – Rooster people are talented, hardworking and think deeply.

Year of the Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) – Dog people are loyal and trustworthy but can worry too much.

Year of the Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2006) – Pig people are studious, honest and brave and always see tasks through to the end.

Good Grief…I’m a Goat!

Oh, well I’m gonna own it because that only makes sense. I am a most stubborn creature. And I like all my purported attributes. However I thought “Likes nice things” was kind of vague and a pretty universal thing. I can’t imagine many people thinking, “Boy, that car looks really $hitty. Think I’ll buy it."

Got to wrap this up and run (figuratively and literally) Got to whip my inner goat into looking more like a fine thorough bred by the end of this most auspicious year.

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