|Chinese Lunar New Year of Horse|
Chinese Lunar New Year fell on January 31st, 2014. According to the Chinese zodiac, this year represents the Year of Horse.
The Chinese zodiac, or shengxiao in Chinese pinyin (literally translated as "born resembling"), is a rotating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal. There are altogether 12 animals, which are, in order: rat, ox, tiger, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
The horse was important in ancient times for hunting, farming and warfare, and it is recognized as one of the six most important animals associated with humans, as well as one of the 12 zodiac animals of the Lunar Chinese Calendar. Horses symbolize luck, virtue and a progressive spirit, and most Chinese idioms about horses are positive, such as Ma Dao Cheng Gong, which means "to achieve speedy success", or Yi Ma Dang Xian, meaning "to take the lead".
In an event held by a local friendly organization, Mr. Mu Yongpeng, Acting Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi, said "China Pakistan friendship is higher than mountain, deeper than sea, sweeter than honey and harder than steel. I strongly feel that this saying is not mere beautiful words, but the vivid depiction of the brotherly relations between China and Pakistan. During the Year of Horse, I sincerely wish that the cooperations between the two countries in the fields of economy, science and technology, culture and so on would be smooth and successful, just like the Chinese idiom of Ma Dao Cheng Gong."