Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

This year’s Chinese Lantern Festival was on February 14, 2014, it fell right on Valentine’s day. I could only imagine what it would feel like to celebrate Chinese New Year in China, Thailand, or even in Laos. Like every year, we celebrated Chinese New Year at my dad’s house on February 1st.
My dad is half Chinese, so paying homage to our ancestors on Chinese New Year is our family tradition as long as I could remember.Β  This year I missed photographing the homage feast due to my busy schedule and also the treacherous road condition from the snow still lingering on January 30th.
The year of the horse is a year of optimistic, and I truly believe that success will come to those that are willing to work hard.
Horse year is a great year for optimism

This is an interesting read from As I’m reading the list below, I can’t help but thinking that it’s so true for many people that I know.Β  Life is not as simple as it used to be, and just because you have connections in the past doesn’t mean that it’s any good this year, you have to earn your keep.
  • Rat will be facing challenges as everyone watches Horse stealing the show.
  • Ox will need to make adjustments and look for any opportunities to make changes
  • Tiger is a friend to Horse and can have a really good year as long as s/he doesn’t take too long to decide
  • Rabbit may have more opportunities that s/he knows what to do with, speed will be important
  • Dragon can find allies and resources to help with a big project
  • Snake finally gets to see some results from all his/her hard work this year
  • Horse gets to plant seeds as s/he starts a new 12 year cycle. This will be a year filled with both work and play.
  • Ram needs to get things cleared away for his/her special year in 2015
  • Monkey likes this new Horse energy and is ready to capitalize on it
  • Rooster can handle whatever is thrown at him/her which this year includes lots of opportunities
  • Dog finally gets a happy year after several tough ones, wishes are going to come true
  • Pig will have to make changes this year or s/he will feel unsettled and cranky
We give Lai see or red envelopes with money inside to the girls on Chinese New Year, and they are typically left unsigned.
The girls love receiving Lai see money on Chinese New Year.
Happy Chinese New Year to all. I wish you much happiness and prosperity this year, Kung Hei Fat Choy.


  1. Amazing pics Miss Nye! The red outfit and beautiful cap on your daughter (who has gotten so big!!!) is simply lovely! You have a very beautiful family! Good to come around and see that you guys are happy and celebrating the Year of the Horse! I think you are right. Those willing to work will do fine! Looking forward to some new garden pictures soon! Love to all, Cissy down in Texas

    • Hi cissy, it’s good to hear from you and hope you are doing well. Lee is dressing up for the occasion, and I’m glad that she has that much pride in her heritage. The horse is a year of action, so it’s a waste of time and sit on the sidelines. I do wish you much happiness and success this year. πŸ™‚

      • you too! Yes, Lee is a big girl now! She is very beautiful! You have done a wonderful job with her. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this post and seeing your daughter in her traditional red dress. So beautiful! Thanks again, and I know you will have a truly Amazing Year ahead! Hugs and love to you all, Cissy

        • Thanks cissy, in a year or so Lee will be taller than me. How time flies, I hope to slow down and enjoy life more. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi there Nye! Beautiful, colorful new year’s photos! Are you planning to participate in the photo hunt this month? Time is coming up! I hope you do! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Karen, I’ll have to look around the house for items to photograph. Just not too long ago I read about your photo hunt, and I can’t believe it’s that time already.

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