Happy Year of the Horse!

30 Jan


January 31, 2014 starts the year of the horse in the lunar calendar.  The year of the snake has slithered out the door and the horse strides in proudly.

The horse year is a good and lucky one – supposedly good for marriages, births and money.  One of the phrases that I especially like is a play on words.  Each year there seems to be at least one phrase that is specific to the animal’s name.  This one plays on the word for horse 马 (Ma).  The phrase that everyone is throwing around is: 马上有钱 (Ma Shang you qian).  There are two meanings – you see that the first character is the same as horse (Ma – 马).

Literally – the phrase means that “Money is coming immediately.”  However, it can also mean – “Money is coming – on the horse.” Since it is the year of the horse, people take it to believe that the year of the horse brings money – soon!

Decorations from our office cross-office new year's celebration for the year of the horse

Decorations from our office cross-office new year’s celebration for the year of the horse

I have a feeling that the horse year is going to bring lots of good things!

For those of you who were born in the year of the horse (remember the cycles are every 12 years – so 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) they say that you are modern, popular and nimble.  Not sure if that means there are lots of yoga lovers born in those years or not!  Personally – I think many of the horses on the decorations look like My Little Ponies – however there are “warrior horses” as well – so take your pick.

We have already decorated the door and will be celebrating with a large new year’s eve dinner and then watching the annual country-wide Annual New Year spectacular to get a real good sense of Chinese culture.  The fireworks should be great.

Prosperity for you!

Prosperity for you!

Happy Chinese New Year to all!  I wish you and your families a healthy, safe and prosperous year of the horse!

10 Responses to “Happy Year of the Horse!”

  1. ottominuti January 31, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Happy New Year to you too! I was born under the Year of the Horse so I’m pretty excited to have a new one to live:)

    • gkm2011 January 31, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      Congrats! Make sure you try to wear as much red as possible this year. Because it is your year a lot will happen and in China they believe the red color protects you from the not so good and enhances the great!

      • ottominuti January 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

        Thanks for the tip! Red is my favorite color so I’ll make sure to wear something red all the time:)

  2. valerie January 31, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Happy new year!!

    • gkm2011 January 31, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      You too! I know this year of the horse will bring big changes for you. Congrats!

  3. Every Day Adventures in Asia January 31, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    Happy New Year!! Hope year of the horse brings all the fabulous things it promises!

    • gkm2011 January 31, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks – for both of us!

  4. expatlingo January 31, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    So glad you explained the “马上有钱” good luck pun! Happy New Year!

    • gkm2011 January 31, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Happy new year to you too! You can also马上有福 (immediately find happiness) or,马上成功 (immediately succeed) too! I saw those from the many WeChat I received last night with new year’s wishes.


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