This Chinese New Year ushers in the year of the wood horse in Chinese astrology.
People born in the Year of the Horse are strong minded, energetic and very sociable. Because it is a wood horse year, natives of the Year of the Horse will have even more energy and their year will gallop along. Horses should watch out for their temper towards the end of the year, though, as they can easily get het up.
Wood horses work hard and are good decision makers. They are great at socialising and are capable of having a large circle of friends, but sometimes talk too much.
For other signs of the Chinese zodiac, the year of the wood horse will bring energy, but take care that this does not become negative and turn into conflict. As people stand firm with their principles, be prepared to fight for something you believe in.
It is also a good year for romance – great news if you are looking for love – but be prepared for surprises.
Chinese New Year Traditions
On the first day of the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, it is considered bad luck to sweep, so leave such chores till later. It is also considered bad luck to mention words like "death" and "sickness"; keeping conversation positive should bring good luck in the year ahead.