Chinese Customs for Avoiding Disaster in the Year of the Horse

According to the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002, you were born in the Year of the Horse (馬年 mǎ nián). 2014 is also the Year of the Horse. (Svetlana Chernyavsky/123RF)
According to the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002, you were born in the Year of the Horse (馬年 mǎ nián). 2014 is also the Year of the Horse. (Svetlana Chernyavsky/123RF)

According to the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002, you were born in the Year of the Horse (馬年 mǎ nián). 2014 is the Year of the Horse, so if you were born in one of those years, 2014 is considered your animal birth sign year (本命年 běn mìng nián).

Your animal birth sign year comes every 12 years. In your animal birth sign year, be careful! It is considered a time in which you might suffer some misfortune or disaster. You have to be extremely cautious. Your animal birth sign year is not a good omen! You can’t avoid it, but you can try to turn misfortune into fortune.

How to avoid misfortune in your animal birth sign year

The traditional way to avoid misfortune in your animal birth sign year is to wear something red during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year lasts 15 days—from the 1st day of the Chinese New Year till the end of the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the New Year.

Chinese wear red to ward off evil spirits and avoid misfortune. Wearing a red belt, red vest, red shoes, red earrings, or a red bracelet are all methods used. Some wear a red belt for 15 days, while some wear a red belt until the end of the year.

Most Chinese people still follow these customs.

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“Pretty as Flower and Jade” (如花似玉) earrings. Chinese wear red to ward off evil spirits and avoid misfortune. Wearing a red belt, red vest, red shoes, red earrings, or a red bracelet are all methods used. (Image courtesy of Ariel Tian Jewelry)

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“Red Plum Blossom” necklace. The traditional way to avoid misfortune in your animal birth sign year is to wear something red during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Image courtesy of Ariel Tian Jewelry)

 

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Happy Chinese New Year 2014!