In the Chinese calendar, 2014 marks the Year of the Horse. Discover when the Year of the Horse began and what this new addition to the Chinese calendar has to offer.
According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. To be more accurate, it is the Year of the Wooden Horse as wood is the governing element of the two-year period corresponding to the year 4713 within the chronology of the Chinese calendar. The last Year of the Wooden Horse occurred in 1954.
What does the Zodiac symbol of the Horse represent?
Within the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse occupies the 7th position and symbolizes a strong, energetic and outgoing character. Considered to be very animated, Horses are sociable creatures and those born with their Zodiac sign are always happiest when surrounded by friends. According to the Chinese calendar, the Horse has a carefree nature, keen judgment and natural intuition meaning that they often make the right decisions in life.
The Year of the Wooden Horse in the Chinese calendar marks a period of quick victories and surprise adventures and is considered to be a good year for travelling. In combination with decisive action, this year should bring success.
Those born under the sign of the Horse are compatible with a Dog or Tiger and incompatible with a Rat or Monkey.
When did the Year of the Horse begin?
The Year of the Wooden Horse began on 31st January 2014 and will finish on 18th February 2015, marking the beginning of the Year of the Goat.
It is a particularly special year as it has one month more (13 months in total) than the rest of the years. This month (闰月, rùnyuè) was added to the Chinese calendar to balance the lunar months with the annual solar calendar.