Chinese New Year 2014 falls on January 31 and this year millions of Chinese around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Horse – a year that is said to bring prosperity and wealth. It is also known as the Spring Festival and people traditionally wear red clothes and give children “lucky money” concealed in red envelopes. The colour red symbolises fire to drive away bad luck. Those born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be cheerful, skilful with money, perceptive and witty!
Notable celebrities born in the year of the horse include: Jackie Chan, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford,, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta,Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Ashton Kutcher and….Genghis Khan!! If you are born in the year of the horse, your lucky colours are said to be brown, yellow and purple; but avoid blue, white and golden.
Chinese astrologists have predicted “this year will be an excellent time to travel, as the next 12 months will bring good luck. You are advised to mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine and discover somewhere you have never been before.” sounds like a normal day in the life of a Globe Trekker presenter!
Chinese New Year is celebrated around much of the world — where there’s a Chinatown there’s invariably a Chinese New Year party – but there’s something special about being in one of China’s major cities for the the high point of the Chinese year!
Catch Lavinia Tan in Taiwan for the Festival of Lanterns. On the first full-moon night of the lunar year, the Lantern Festival is commonly regarded as one of the most important and romantic festivals in Taiwan. The festival is celebrated with lantern making, lantern riddle games, and displays of glittering decorative lanterns.
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