Today marks the beginning of the 15 days of celebration for Lunar New Year, the Year Of The Horse.
According to the TravelChinaGuide.com:
"The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as 'Qianli Ma', a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters)."CNN has an interesting piece on 11 Things To Know About Lunar New Year.