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China welcomes the Year of the Horse

01-30-2014 20:47 BJT Special Report: 2014 Spring Festival |

In a few hours, China is going to bid farewell to the year of the snake and welcome the year of the horse.

The Horse is the seventh animal of the Chinese zodiac. Much the way the Western zodiac is divided into 12 months, the Chinese Zodiac is divided into 12 years with each year represented by an animal.

Chinese believe that each animal sign has its own influence on the personalities of people born in that year. Tradition has it that people born in the Year of the Horse are energetic, eloquent, and with strong will and a sense of justice.

Meanwhile, the word "on the horse", or "mashang", means "immediately" in Chinese. Many netizens have been posting various photos of a toy horse carrying what they want for the new year on its back, hoping to have them immediately.


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