Chinese New Year 2014 (Year of the Green Horse)

Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the (Green) Horse  (element: Wood) , falls on 31 January 2014 (usually the first New moon in Aquarius).

Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy (www.QuantumPhoenix.net)
Chinese New Year 2014- Year of Wooden Horse- art by Mani Navasothy

As usual, festivities will be taking place on the nearest Sunday, which is  Sunday 2 February’14..  in central London, taking in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The event will start with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue starting at around 10am. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature visiting artists from China. There will also be lion teams circulating around Chinatown, local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls.

I have been visiting these festivities in London ..on and off..for a number of years, on my own or with friends..  As an astrologer , I have an interest in  chinese astrology, and as an Esoteric Practitioner of magic , I find their energy systems (Feng Shui) quite interesting and akin to the various ones I explore or follow..  (My sister knows far more about both these than I do!).    This is notwithstanding the fact that from my University days to present day,  my closest friend and fellow Physics Graduate is of Hong Kong Chinese origins;  another closest friend from my Civil service work years is of Vietnamese Chinese origins, and a close Pagan friend is also of Hong Kong Chinese origins..  (Effectively along with 2 others, they form my most dearest, trusted and closest friendship group! ) 🙂

Anyway, if you like to see what it’s going to be like in China Town (London), here’s a Video I filmed and put together few years ago.  Chinese New Year video 2012  (I seem to have misplaced the video footage from 2013)!

-Mani Navasothy

ps. Here are the *Dates of the forthcoming Chinese New Year symbols (2015 to 2030)

2015-02-18 Sheep (2015-02-1 –2016-02-08)
2016-02-08 Monkey (2016-02-0 — 2017-01-28)
2017-01-28 Rooster (2017-01-2 –2018-02-15)
2018-02-15 Dog (2018-02-1 — 2019-02-05)
2019-02-05 Pig (2019-02-0 — 2020-01-25)
2020-01-25 Rat (2020-01-2 — 2021-02-12)
2021-02-12 Ox (2021-02-1 — 2022-02-01)
2022-02-01 Tiger (2022-02-0 — 2023-01-22)
2023-01-22 Rabbit (2023-01-22 — 2024-02-10)
2024-02-10 Dragon (2024-02-10 — 2025-01-29)
2025-01-29 Snake (2025-01-29 — 2026-02-17)
2026-02-17 Horse (2026-02-17 — 2027-02-06)
2027-02-06 Sheep (2027-02-0 — 2028-01-26)
2028-01-26 Monkey (2028-01-2 — 2029-02-13)
2029-02-13 Rooster (2029-02-13 — 2030-02-03)
2030-02-03 Dog (2030-02-03 — 2031-01-23)

(*Dates info taken from   http://www.chinesenewyears.info/chinese-new-year-calendar.php)

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