2014 is going to get even better for me tomorrow as the Year of the Horse (my Chinese astrological sign) officially begins. Per the Chinese calendar, the 1st day of the new year begins on January 31st. The next 15 days is cause for much celebration as the Chinese are not only celebrating the new year but Spring Festival as well. So Happy Chinese New Year!

Animal signs have significant meaning in the Chinese culture and the horse is a symbol of traveling (SO me!), unexpected adventure (heck yea!), surprising romance (I’m IN!) and speedy success as the horse can give individuals a ride to their destination (sign me up!). Based on these predictions, 2014 is going to be a good year for me or anyone born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014.  Find your Chinese astrological sign here.

New Year's display at the ifc mall in Shanghai, China.

New Year’s display at the ifc mall in Shanghai, China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entire city goes red as it’s the color of luck in China:

The Pearl Tower ready for the New Year!

The Pearl Tower ready for the New Year!

Fireworks go off all night starting a couple of days before the new year and lasting for a week or so afterwards.  It’s actually pretty crazy as anyone can buy mortars that when lit, go as high as my brother’s 30th floor apartment.  There is always a building or two that burns down due to wayward fireworks.

View of Shanghai from my brother's apartment on the 30th floor.

View of Shanghai from my brother’s apartment on the 30th floor.

 

The view of Hungpao River from my brother's apartment - the fireworks are as high up as 30 floors.

The view of Hungpao River from my brother’s apartment – the fireworks are as high up as 30 floors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the entire Grubb family and everyone at Travel with Aging Parents, we wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai (good fortune)!

Me, Eric, Memory and Mom Grubb

Me, Eric, Memory and Mom Grubb