Year of the Horse
February 4, 2014
We have entered the Chinese Year of the Horse, which in 2014-15 has 383 days (31 Jan 2014 to 17 Feb 2015). Chinese months always start at New Moon, and each year also begins on a New Moon, so Chinese years vary in length. Also, because 12 Chinese months do not add up to a 365-day solar year, instead of adding an extra day during a Leap Year, the Chinese calendar adds an extra month every two or three years.
This year is a leap year, with an extra month. It also has two springs, as defined in the Chinese calendar. A double spring year is regarded as auspicious for romance, marriage and babies (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11194481).