The chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, as it is more commonly known, lasts for 15 days and culminates tomorrow with processions everywhere celebrating, this year, the year of the horse. People born under the sign of the horse are said to be outgoing, cheerful, friendly & hard working, much like horses themselves then?
My home city of Manchester, has one of the largest Chinese communities, and Chinatown in the City Centre is an amazing place to visit to watch the Chinese celebrations. The procession of the Dragon which welcomes the new year in, starts in Albert Square tomorrow at 12.30pm with a finale of fireworks in Chinatown at 6.00pm.
As well as the amazing procession, which is noisy, frenetic and crazy, but wonderful to watch, there are a variety of restaurants and a pop up Tiger Bar and Arts and Crafts event at the site of the famous Yang Sing Restaurant. The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, in The Northern Quarter, is also worthy of a visit, with a specially commissioned piece by local illustrator Lydia Meiying.
If you want to bring some equestrian style into your home, this year, there are some quirky products on the market. I’ve put together a design board of some of my favourites below.
- Ceramic Horse~Jonathan Adler
- Cushion~Occa Home
- Cheval Salt & Pepper Shakers ~Jonathan Adler
- Life size Horse Lamp~Moooi
- Horse Trellis Wallpaper~Barneby Gates
If you want to achieve something more traditional, there are some lovely ideas here, using vintage riding boots, saddles and general equestrian pieces from the tack room.
My friends daughter, Jess has a horse and I’m always on the look out for equestrian themed gifts for her. This wallpaper would be perfect for her room and the display of rosettes on the images below is a lovely idea too.
Gymkhana Wallpaper available through Rockett St George