La Poste issued a stamp celebrating the Year of the Horse
The first astrological calendar appeared in China under the reign of Emperor Huang in the 3rd millennium BC. Enrolled in a 12-year cycle, each year in the Chinese calendar is placed under the sign of an animal and is deemed to have its characteristics.
These are, in order: Rat - Ox - Tiger - Rabbit - Dragon - Snake - Horse - Sheep (or Goat) - Monkey - Rooster (or Phoenix) - Dog - Pig.
The Horse reigns on the Chinese year beginning from February 1, 2014 and ending on February 18, 2015.
According to Chinese astrology, people born in the year of the horse are spirited and independent, hardworking, shining with creativity; they constantly need to move forward.
The horse has a very important place in Chinese culture. It is considered the incarnation of all the good; it represents the spirit of the Yellow River and embodies the Chinese people.
Yi Jing said: "nothing beats the dragon in the sky, and nothing is more useful than the horse on earth".