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Year Of The Horse


It’s for good reason horses feature as a top trend in House and Leisure’s Trend Report for 2014… Today Chinese the world over are welcoming in the Year of the Horse (and bidding farewell to the Year of the Snake) as they celebrate the start of the New Year. Ever quick on the mark, Google’s Doodle features a horse of a slightly different kind – a rocking horse made from wood, the element associated with this particular year (the others being metal, water, fire and earth). While you won't be able to view the doodle in South Africa when you do a search, you can view it at google.com/doodles. The Horse year is said to be all about wealth and prosperity, and Chinese will be going all out to ensure it's kicked off accordingly, wearing the traditional red clothes and giving gifts of ‘lucky money’ in red envelopes to children (red symbolising fire and purportedly keeping bad luck at bay). The first day of the Chinese calendar marks the beginning of a fortnight of celebrations, with food playing a central part (but of course!). It’s the perfect occasion to book a table at your favourite Chinese restaurant or tuck into a dim sum feast at home, since dumplings are a popular dish served at New Year. Watch this easy 'how to' video for prawn dumplings...