EVENTS: the year of the horse in China
2014 is the year of the horse in the Chinese calendar. The horse is the seventh Chinese zodiac sign, in between the snake and the goat. Chinese new-year is celebrated on the 31st of January and will include many parts of the world as the Chinese community is spread all around the globe including Italy.
In Milan and Rome, where there is a large Chinese community, they are already preparing for the event as follows:
In Rome the celebrations will take place at the Esquilino for the “Lantern Festival” while in Milan most of the celebrations will take place in via Paolo Sarpi.
Chinese new-year is also known as the “Spring Festival” or “Chun Jie“. However, perhaps the most interesting event will take place in Prato with a procession by masked figures to represent the Chinese dragon and lion, oriental artists and the renowned fireworks. The parade will start from the Buddhist Temple and will pass through the whole city and finish in the historic city centre.
Whereas the Western zodiac signs are identified by the month and date of birth, the Chinese zodiac signs are assigned by the year of birth. For this reason, all new births from 31 January 2014 to the 18 February 2015 will have the zodiac sign of the HORSE.
The others to share the same Chinese zodiac sign are:
12 February 2002 – 31 January 2003
27 January 1990 – 14 February 1991
7 February 1978 – 27 January 1979
21 January 1966 – 8 February 1967
3 February 1954 – 23 January 1955
THE SIGN OF THE HORSE
Those who have this zodiac sign are usually very social people, destined to achieve their goals through their determination, but they also suffer from being headstrong and direct. On the whole, they are able to attract the attention of others and lead a group.