Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.
The Year of the Snake begins February 10, 2013
The Year of the Water Snake brings us an opportunity to start afresh.
In the Chinese zodiac, the Snake symbolizes grace, intelligence and transformation. Not the evil temptress of the Garden of Eden, this Snake is a wise, intuitive, magical being who appreciates art and beauty who is the female side of the powerful yang Dragon.
The Water Snake is a yin creature, motivated, mysterious, insightful and spiritual. Its year can be one of evolution and rebirth for many. Individuals will find their rewards by looking inward to the world of spirit, instead of outward to the world of material things.
The Lunar New Year lasts for two weeks. There are parades, parties, fireworks and feasts. Eat dumplings, melon seeds and candy to bring wealth, good fortune and happiness. Seven days before the new year, clean your house and feed the Kitchen God. As the story has it, one week before the Spring Festival begins, the Kitchen God returns to heaven to report on the family's behavior in the previous year. A negative report means bad luck in the coming year. So to get a good report, the custom evolved of giving him sweets.
At home, snakes prefer quiet, relaxing environments, subtle colors and good decor. They have high standards in matters of the heart and place importance on brains and personality. Beautiful and alluring, they prefer to be the pursuers in affairs of the heart.
Snakes have the ability to swallow animals larger then themselves, so do not underestimate their ambitions. Delusion and deception are common in Snake years. Its forked tongue symbolizes libel, dispute and slander. But the Snake will only strike when disturbed. Leave them alone and you will not get bitten. So pay attention to your surroundings and stay alert!
People born in a Snake Year are smart, charming, elegant, cunning and passionate types, who love luxury and comfort. They are analytical, good at business, excellent mediators and effective at getting what they want. But they may also be proud, vain, selfish and vicious. Snake people can achieve long standing work and personal goals in 2013, but they must persevere.
Look after any gains that come in the Year of the Snake. Fight complacency, do not fritter away your cash, plan for the future and decide what to do with your assets. Saving money and being thrifty should be top priorities in the Year of the Snake - no one knows how long good fortune will last.
Famous Snakes (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Edgar Allen Poe, Oprah Winfrey and Picasso.
About the Lunar New Year
Also known as the Spring Fesival, the Lunar New Year starts on the first day of the first Chinese month. It is celebrated throughout Asia with ceremonies and parades, festivals and firework.
Clean your house to eliminate the bad luck of the past, put up red good luck talismans and feed the Kitchen god. But do not sweep the house, or you will brush out the luck you have accumulated.
Tradition holds that whatever occurs on the first day of the Lunar Year will happen for the rest of the year. So pay your debts, visit friends and give gifts to the needy. But don't be angry or sad, and don't do anything bad. For a good year, smile, laugh, be kind to everyone you meet and practice, tai chi, chi kung and meditation.
Parades and Celebrations
Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
February 10, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Roosevelt Park (Grand & Hester Streets)
Enjoy drumming and dances and stay for fireworks - in previous years, more than 600,000 firecrackers were set off. but the festival is not just about celebrating the New Year with a bang- the loud noises chase away evil spirits.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
Sunday, February 17th, 1-4 PM
Roosevelt Park (Grand & Hester Streets)
The ceremony will feature traditional dancers, singers, folk artists, decorated floats, performers in elaborate costumes, marching bands and more. It is the largest winter parade on the East Coast.
Chinese New Year Flower Market
February 8-10 Columbus Park
This is the place to find arts and crafts and plenty of flowers to bring health, happiness and prosperity into your new year.
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