Chinese New Year is one the biggest and longest celebrations in China. The Chinese New Year for 2013 starts on February 10, 2013. According to the Chinese calendar it is the 4711 year and will be known as the year of the Water Snake. The Chinese calendar works on the lunar calendar and each month begins on the darkest day. Therefore, it is not that every month starts from the 1st. The Chinese New Year celebrations start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth day of the month, when the moon is the brightest. It is one of the biggest festivals of China and the preparations start much before the start day.
Chinese New Year and Animal Signs
The Chinese years are named after different animals. The legend goes that in ancient times Buddha asked animals to meet on the Chinese New Year and twelve animals came and he named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animalís year would have the personality traits of that animal. The twelve animal signs according to Chinese are:
Rat Cow Tiger
Rabbit Dragon Snake
Horse Sheep Monkey
Chicken Dog Pig
Chinese New Year Celebrations
The Chinese New Year
is celebrated with people wearing new clothes, decorating their houses with red color paper and giving children lucky money in red envelopes. The red color has a very important significance for the Chinese people. The red color represents power happiness and vitality. The red color is also a symbol of fire and according to legends, drives away bad luck. Other than this, the Chinese New Year celebrations also have extensive use of fireworks. In the olden days, the Chinese used to light bamboo stalks believing that the flames would frighten away the evil spirits.
The Chinese Lantern Festival
The Chinese New Year time is the period for family reunions as all family members go to each otherís house and share meals mainly as a feast on the New Yearís Eve. The end of the Chinese New Year celebrations is marked with the lantern festival on the fifteenth day of the month. Some of the lanterns are decorated with different pictures of birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs and various scenes legends and history. People hang the glowing lanterns in temples and even carry them to an evening parade under the light of the full moon. In many parts of China the lantern festival also has the dragon dance adding to the gay festive mood. The dragon is typically made of silk, paper and bamboo and stretches to nearly 100 feet in length. The dragon is generally carried by young men, who dance their way through the crowd, carrying the dragon on their shoulders.
Chinese New Year of Water Snake
2013 is the Chinese New Year of the water snake. 2013 is going to be the year of good fortune according to Chinese mythology with the representation by the Water Snake. In Chinese culture, snake is considered the bringer of good fortune. The Chinese New Year 2013 starts on February 10th. According to Chinese horoscope people who are snake are quite complex .They donít like asking for advice and are often considered cold and calculating. Honestly, they are just being careful. Snakes like to plan every small detail before they take up any task.
Compatibility between Water Snake and Other Zodiac Signs
Rat and Water Snake
: These two signs will get along pretty well in 2013. However, the level of understanding has to be maintained.
Ox and Snake: As expected, the ox and snake may get into some power struggle in 2013. It is important to stay calm and not overreact to situations.
Tiger and Snake
: These two signs are hardly ever on good friendly terms with each other. Since the energy of the year will be dominated by Snake sign, it can prove to be a bit challenging for Tigers.
Rabbit and Snake
: there is going to be good compatibility between these two signs. Rabbit is going to gel well with the snake, not challenging each other.
Dragon and the Snake
: The relationship between dragon and snake can be a bit challenging. It is best to keep a safe distance from each other.
Snake and Snak
e: if it is water snake and metal snake, then there is going to be good companionship between them. You can charm each other and enjoy good time together.
Horse and Snake
: this is going to be fair and ok relationship. You can expect some good wealth and career opportunities once these two signs come together.
Goat and Snake
: it is going to be slightly difficult for goat this year. You can only achieve the most in 2013, if you work together with the goat.
Monkey and Snake
: it is going to be a great year for monkey in 2013. There are going to be plenty happening in your relationship.
Rooster and Snake
: 2013 is going to be smooth and romantic for rooster and snake couples. However, your health requires special attention.
Dog and Snake
: This is a good year for the dog and snake couple. You will improve on your understanding and try to spend more time with each other.
Pig and Snake
: The pig seems to be full of energy. Staying calm and working in harmony this year is what will bring you two closer. Spend some romantic evenings with each other.