Today is the start of the Year of the Horse, according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. The holiday lasts for 15 days and includes parades, gifts for children, family reunions and of course, lots of feasting on special foods designed to bring good luck.
Homes are cleaned thoroughly before the start of the holiday, but no housework is done during the festival. The tradition holds that if you sweep your house during the Chinese New Year, you’ll sweep the good luck out with the dust. A New Year’s tradition I can get behind! 🙂
Yesterday I decided to step up my distraction reduction and deleted Twitter and Pinterest from my phone and iPad. I’m already feeling a few withdrawal pangs, lol, but this ought to reduce the number of on-screen temptations.
Be sure and check out the Metropolitan Museum’s Pinterest board of horses in honor of the holiday!
Resources and mood-setters:
- This site provides lots of information about the traditions surrounding the holiday.
- Enjoy some of the pageantry captured by the BBC at celebrations worldwide.
- San Francisco will celebrate with a parade on Saturday, February 15.
- The Food Network offers recipes and tips for those who want to join in the festivities.