Last year was the year of the (yin/fire element) Black Water Snake, now it's the year of the (yang/fire element) Green Wood Horse!
If you're curious, or simply want to kill a bit of time, you can check the wiki page to find out which animal you were born under, or to be really detailed (seriously, the longitude of where you were born?), you can go here.
Also, the Huffington Post put out an article where you can check how this year will affect your zodiac animal (apparently I have to watch out for love-triangles O_o). To waste even more time, you can scroll down through this site to find out your lucky numbers and all sorts of other things.
Oh, and interestingly enough, the Lantern Festival (always on the 15th lunar day of the Chinese new year) falls on Valentines Day this year!
I bet Chinatown and Richmond will be in full-out party mode! I'm definitely going to check the local events calendars to see what fun things are going on...
Anyone celebrating Chinese New Year, or the Lantern Festival?