The Year of the Horse has begun, coinciding with five rare occurrences, which makes it quite different from other years.
An unusual ‘leap September’
According to Chinese media reports, in the Chinese lunar calendar, there was not a single leap month of September last century, and there will only be one leap September this century—a truly rare event in our lifetime. This is known as an intercalary month (leap month).
The Year of the Horse began on Jan. 31, 2014 and ends on Feb. 18, 2015. Feb. 4 is the beginning of spring in 2014 and 2015. Thus, there are two springs in the Year of the Horse.
There were only 355 days last year, the Year of the Snake, which was 10 days shorter than the solar calendar. The Year of the Horse is a leap year with 13 months and a total of 384 days. Due to the leap month, this year is 29 days longer than the Year of the Snake.
Five magical Fridays
There are five magical Fridays in the Year of the Horse, namely: April 4, June 6, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, and Dec. 12.
Chinese and Western Valentine’s Day
The 15th day of lunar January is the Lantern Festival, a traditional Chinese “Valentine’s Day.” But guess what? This year, it falls on Feb. 14, the Western tradition of “Valentine’s Day.” This East meets West love affair only happens once every 19 years. The last time was in 1995, and the next time will be in 2033.
The Chinese Lantern Festival has been hailed as “Valentine’s Day,” as it is the first full moon of the year. In ancient times, the Lantern Festival provided an opportunity for single men and women to meet. In those days, young girls were not allowed to go out. However, during the Lantern Festival, they could come out together to play, and look for someone they liked.