2013 Chinese New Year Snake

2013 Chinese New Year Snake

Yesterday was the first day of the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the snake. Some the Chinese New Year greetings include:

·    Wan Shi Ru Yi: means everything will follow your will
·    Ji Xiang Ru Yi: means harmony
·    Sui Sui Ping An: means harmony and safety year around
·    Gong Xi Fa Cai: means Congratulations and be prosperous. Mostly used in southern China. This is the only one that I heard while living in the San Francisco Bay area and in the Annapolis-Washington DC area.

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. It is the most important of the Chinese Holidays. Yesterday, Sunday February 10th  was the beginning of Chinese New Year. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. Lasting 15 days makes it the longest festival. It is also called the Spring Festival.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements and it is about 29.5 days. An extra month is added every few years (approx. 7 years out of 19 years). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year..
Some of the special foods to eat to ensure a good year include ginkgo nut for silver, black moss seaweed for wealth, dried bean curd for wealth and happiness and bamboo shoots for all to be well. But please don’t eat white bean curd (tofu) as it symbolizes death and misfortune.

I found this horoscope by Stephanie Dempsey for Tarot.com describing what this year may bring to us.

February 10, 2013 marks the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Black Water Snake in Chinese Astrology. Snake years tend to bring unexpected transformations to our lives. Yet while there may not be many outward manifestations of change, there will be plenty of activity beneath the surface. Behind-the-scenes talks, secret negotiations and clandestine activity will characterize this Chinese year … things are not what they seem in a Snake year.

The Water element is emotive, compassionate and perceptive. By tuning into your intuition, you can detect changes that can’t be perceived with the naked eye. If you sense your company is in trouble, update your resume and collect your work samples. Does your romantic partner seem distant and distracted? Don’t wait for your partner to announce their dissatisfaction. Schedule a romantic vacation and plan more date nights.

Snake years reward those who do plenty of research before making a move. Whether you’re hiring a contractor or dating someone new, be sure to do a background check. Do you need to buy an expensive appliance? Read consumer reports and customer surveys before making your purchase. Are you going to school? Find out which institutions offer the best programs for your needs. By arming yourself with knowledge, you’ll make the most of this transformative year.   Hmmm, could be an interesting year.