Archive for January, 2013


2013 is the Year of the Snake and Chinese New Year celebrations are fast approaching! The 1st day of the 2013 Chinese astrology year begins on February 4th with Chinese New Year Day falling on Sunday, February 10th. Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday and is known as Spring Festival in China. It ushers in the lunar New Year and is like rolling the West’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve into one giant celebration.

In the days leading up to the holiday, every house gets a thorough cleaning, because sweeping on New Year’s Day could sweep away the coming year’s good fortune. Nearly every university student and migrant worker travels home since it is such an important time for families to spend together and celebrate. Food plays an important role in the celebrations. Fish is a commonly served dish because the Chinese word for fish is a homophone for ‘surplus’. It is a lucrative time for children as red envelopes filled with money are given to young unmarried relatives by elders.

Snake years are sixth in the cycle and recur every 12 years. Chinese legend says a snake in the house is a good omen meaning your family will not starve. It is said that those born in the year of the snake are the wisest and most mysterious of all. They are usually financially secure and have a taste for the finer things in life. Snakes are goal-oriented, hate to fail, and are intense and passionate. Their weaknesses include being stubborn and jealous.

More specifically, 2013 is the year of the Water Snake. Water is an element that shapes us and will play a prevalent role in 2013. It provides calm, nurtures and forges new paths of discovery. Water’s influence makes this year the perfect time to take on new challenges and open yourself up to new experiences! This year will also bring many opportunities for the career and romantic life to flourish, and friendships will be more important than ever. This is a year for people to come together for a greater good. 

2013 is a year to be bold like the water snake and take chances! Best wishes to you from AJ Panda!

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