The 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year starts yesterday, with the first new moon of the calendar year. The day marks the end of the year of the water snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse.
The Chinese zodiac – or Shēngxiào – is a calendar system originating in the Han dynasty (206-220BC), which names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order. According to the system, the universe is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, wood and metal – which interact with the 12 animals, resulting in the specific character of the year ahead.
The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.
People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty.
According to the Chinese superstition, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, the god of age, and will experience bad luck for the whole year. To avoid this you should wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. In general, the lucky colours of team horse are are green, red and purple; the lucky numbers are three, four and nine, and the lucky flowers are giant taro and jasmine.
If you were born in the year of the horse, you’re in good company. Fellow members of the horse club include Genghis Khan, Mongol ruler; Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the US; Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century scientist; Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; the American singer Aretha Franklin; and the model Cindy Crawford.
Years of the wooden horse are associated with warfare. The battle of Dien Bien Phu, which ended with the defeat of France by the Vietnamese, happened in 1954 and 1894 saw the start of the first Sino-Japanese war. “With such serious conflicts on historical record in the previous two yang wood horse years, I cannot rule out the possibility of war and fierce battle in 2014,” predicts Lo.
2014 is the first year of the wooden horse in 60 years.
Gong xii fat choy! Happy Chinese new year!
Its not too late to wish you all a Happy New Year, yes. Another year has passed and the beginning of the new year will usually brings new hope and aspiration. Best of all, for us to be happier than the year before.
I was web-hopping and found this interesting article from CliffSide Malibu blog:
As we start the New Year 2014, many of us are making resolutions to improve our lives. A recent poll states “almost 50% of Americans believe their fortunes will improve in the New Year.” However, specific resolutions are not all there is to being happy and positive about life as we face the challenges, successes and setbacks this New Year. Perhaps better choices can improve skills that enable us to better cope with addictions.
Some experts now make the claim that we can choose to be happy.
Here are eight habits that research has suggested could make 2014 a good year:
• Spend time outside because it lowers stress and makes you feel better by raising serotonin levels.
• Spend time with children because they can change your outlook on life with their unique outlook on everything.
• Meditation helps promote happiness, positive attitude and even lowers blood pressure.
• Pets are wonderful at making us happy, reducing stress and providing positive emotional benefits.
• Take an occasional total break and unplug from social media, which can cause low self-esteem and even envy.
• Gratitude can make you feel better about your life in general because it gives a positive focus to your life.
• Reading something for your enjoyment can reduce stress and make you happy.
• Singing elevates mood because Oxytocin, an endorphin, is released while singing which relieves stress and anxiety.
A great year is attainable if we will decide to just make the effort and choose life improving, healthy, and fun habits! Recovery from addiction is really about making new, healthy, fulfilling lifestyle choices. You can choose to improve your outlook, which will in turn improve the way you feel. This is a new year! Let it be a good one for you everywhere and in every way where the choice is yours.
About Constance Scharff, PhD
Constance Scharff has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center, and co-author of Ending Addiction for Good with Richard Taite.
So, here I am infront of my cute 10” screen. Thought would just start with a warm up post on how’s my day like.
I have a cat named Kendell (yes, after the famous Kendell of the ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’). Reason why its named as such was that when my family got her, she has another sibling and they were small at that time, probably a few months old.
The whole family was watching the reality show on Tv at that time. Without further thought, we all agreed to name both as Kylie and Kendell. We have lost Kylie though, about a month ago. We suspected that she got stolen as it has such a nice fur. Now we only have Kendell. Kendell has a nice fur too. She loves to play around and curl up on the floor.
Kendell also loves to pose for the camera. Really. Just like the real Kendell. Here she show how to pose for the camera:
Its more than a year now since my last post…Not wanting to tell the obvious reason of my business. Ops! I said it. Anyway, I hope I can write now as much as I can. Whatever comes to my mind (as usual). Thanks for the continous comments and visits. Love you all
P/s … if you have anything to share, am happy to post it.
Wow its really seem ages that I havent post anything here. I log in and got a number of comments, more to positive (thanks guys) and were all motivating, even the negative ones…Dont worry to say sorry…I dont mind. Comments are free right?
So, Happy Chinese New Year to all Chinese all around the world…and to the rest of us, life goes on…I will try to write more – though not a promise there.
Whoah, been awhile. My body is here and my mind’s elsewhere. I have been putting my thinking cap on for awhile. Too much thinking.
So what’s new with Brunei? I guess the hot news just a week ago was this girl who stood for almost three hours under the sun, clad in pink baju kurung and, (okay thats nothing, right?) AND, contemplating whether to jump or not from a rooftop of an eight-storey Government building.
Internet-savy Bruneians were quick to upload images and videos as the drama unfold via Facebook and Twitter. Apparently, the girl was one of those who are under-going counselling at the building for troubled girls. Nasty as well as empathy comments were thrown to her and some humour added to that. Personally to me, I felt sorry for her. I mean, what if she is your sister, daughter, cousin, friend? Would you joke about the situation? I think the good news was that she spent three hours on that rooftop, admiring the view? Maybe. Joke aside, I think she may not be that suicidal as she would do it the very moment she reached the top and ended her life there and then.
The issue here for me is: why does Brunei have troubled or disturbed people? Those who have psychological problems? Their minds not in peace? Is the world too much for them? Brunei, as far as I can say, is the most peaceful country on Earth. We dont have political instability here. Our health and education are among the best in the world and for many, we are the luckiest human being on this planet because we have the cheapest petrol, right?
So whats troubling you that you wanted to end your life, please tell me? I need to chill down myself for now, thank you.