The symbolic meaning of the horse includes strength, loyalty, ambition, freedom and success. Horses provided good and efficient transportation for people well before automobiles. It is believed those born in the year of the horse have excellent communication skills and are cheerful, popular and talented, but can be impatient and have difficulties coping with failure.
After a buffet of Chinese food, with Sally Gao and Horry Li as hosts, the celebrations included an entertaining presentation by Mengyang Wei about the Chinese Zodiac and musical entertainment provided by both academic staff and researchers. The evening was rounded off with games.