Chinese New Year 2014: In with the horse, out with the snake

Friday officially ends the Year of the Snake and brings in the Year of the Wooden Horse.

People around the world celebrated Chinese New Year with festivals, fireworks and the color red.

According to the Mirror, wearing red clothes is part of the New Year tradition, and parents often give their children "lucky money" in red envelopes.

The Year of the Wooden Horse is said to be a mix of adventure and chaos, according to the International Business Times.

It could mean romance for some and market fluctuations for others, and the wood horse deals with fire and energy, International Business Times says.

The Year of the Wooden Horse also means people will stand firm on their values and principles, so negotiations could be harder, according to the Guardian.

The Chinese year is based on the lunar calendar, and the Lunar New Year is usually celebrated for 15 days.

According to the Guardian, the system originated with the Han dynasty, and has 12 animal cycles: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Phoenix's 24th annual Chinese Week Festival kicks off Feb. 7 at Margaret T. Hance Park with dragon dances, music, cultural and historical booths and Chinese cuisine. More information on the Chinese Week Festival can be found at

To celebrate in a small way, check out Google's Chinese New Year doodle on its homepage.

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