Happiness and Prosperity! Kung Hei Fat Choy. Today is the first day of the New Year in the Chinese lunar calendar. It's much more than "Chinese New Year" or even a festival. The start of the Chinese New Year has deep cosmic and cultural significance which lasts the whole year. This year is the Year of the Fiery Horse which happens only once every 60 years. Although there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, there are five other elements that affect symbolism.
Horses are wild animals, full of energy and spirit. Fire suggests heat, light and danger. "Fire Horse" years can be unpredictable - like fires and horses - full of excitement and energy, but also tinged with danger. Below a clip of a building in Hong Kong, 120 storeys high, lit by laser light to show a galloping horse.