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2014 Lunar New Year of the Wooden Horse

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Wishing all a happy 2014 and may all good things come on horseback and come to stay!

Some facts about Lunar New Year:

Most people outside of Asia probably know this event as Chinese New Year, but it’s actually celebrated all throughout Asia and Asian communities around the world. In Korea, for example, this time of year is known as Seollal.
The Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. For Asian cultures, this time of year is very meaningful, and celebrations last many days in accordance with the stages of the moon. The term, “Lunar New Year,” describes what the event signifies. After all, there is more than one way to measure a year! Each Lunar New Year is governed by the moon cycles rather than the sun. The moon phases, cause the Lunar New Year to fall on a different date every solar year.

The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal) are used to help calculate the lunar calendar. Each lunar year is represented by a particular animal, while the elements last two lunar years. It takes 60 years for an animal and element sign to match up again, which is why one’s 60th birthday in Asia is a very important date, as it signifies completing one life cycle.

Thanks to Jason Rainwater teacher at Yoshukai Karate Anniston (USA) for providing the facts on the Year of The Horse.

Entering the year at a gallop with a trainingday for all interested in getting to know what Shaolin Kungfu is. Far from 60 years but a milestone still, our 5 year anniversary. A good time to present our school to the general public. Thanks to Stadsdeel Amsterdam Zuidoost, CJM, Woningstichting Eigenhaard and Bakkerij Poort Zuid. Also special thanks to Faried, Brenda, Dani and Nancy for their hard work and all other students who will hopefully all introduce someone new this day. Want to join? Please register via info@shaolinwuhun.nl

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