Chinese New Year is based upon the lunar calendar and corresponds to the new moon, this year falling on Sunday February 10th. Also called the Spring Festival it is the main Chinese festival of the year.Traditionally New Year celebrations last for fifteen days, ending on the date of the full moon.
Traditions to usher good fortune into the New Year:
Clean the House: rid any bad luck from last year and make way for good luck in the new year on the eve of the new year (Feb 9, 2013).
Good luck plants: Kumquat tree and peach blossom.
Food: Fish is usually eaten on the eve of Chinese New Year along with dumplings which ‘package’ luck. This is one holiday you don’t have to watch your waistline- candy is encouraged to bring forth a “sweet” year to come.
Color: Red is to be worn as it symbolizes joy.
Lucky Money: is given out in red envelopes with the family name and good-luck message written on them in gold.
Open Windows: to ‘bring in’ the good luck of the New Year.
2013 Year of the Snake (adapted from Glenda Joe 9/2012)
As the Snake sheds its skin, we are invited to release old thinking that has blocked growth and progress. This is a year with the energy to inspire newfound ambition to achieve great things.
The Snake Year is ripe for steady progress for the pragmatic thinker. Reflect, ponder and plan. Tread lightly and be more cautious. While a better year for industry and commerce, the cunning secretive Snake does love its shady deals, shrewd business manipulations, political shenanigans and coups d’etat.
More careful focus and attention to detail in legal documents and contracts are called for this year. Speculation or immoderate gambling is taboo in this year. This is not a year to take risks.
The Snake is transcendental in its capacity for spiritual healing of the individual, as well as the community. It seeks peace through recalibration of the karmic balance, understanding the mistrust born of chaos in which the world finds itself.
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