Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China. The Chinese New Year 2013 starts oin February 9 (Chinese New Year' Eve). It is the year of snake. The festival falls on the first day of the first Chinese lunar month (usually in late January and early February), and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day of that month.

The festival is celebrated grandly and extensively across the country. Various cultural activities such as lighting fireworks, dragon dancing, lion dancing and other traditional performances, are arranged in parks and streets in cities and towns. Every family thoroughly cleans the house, sweeps the floors and washes daily things. House cleaning is believed to drive away ill-fortune and bring good luck in the coming year. Windows and doors are decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets ...
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This light-hearted lens is devoted to the snake, (the sixth sign in the Chinese zodiac). In Chinese astrology, the snake is associated with beauty and wisdom. At first,The snakes may apearappear to be slow-moving, slithery, serene creatures, but they are also known to embody esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery which is why they are sacred to many ancient cultures around the globe. In Western culture, the snake is often seen as an evil force, capable of seducing homo sapiens into compromising situations. Whether these cold-blooded creatures of planet Earth are as sacred as revered by mystics and deep thinkers, or as mortal enemies synonymous ...

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People born in the year of the snake may become philosophers, theologians, politicians, or cunning financiers. The snake is the most enigmatic of the twelve zodiac animals. Such persons are elegant, and enjoy reading, listening to great music, tasting delicious food, and going to the theatres. They are fascinated with all beautiful things in life. Many of the most beautiful ladies and the men with strongest personalities were born in the year of the snake. Therefore, you should have good luck if you were born in that year. A person born in the year of the snake usually acts according to his own judgment, and doesn't follow the views withof ...

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There are many foods in Chinese culture associated with the Chinese New Year. Although preferences vary from region to region, some examples include the following: 粘糕 nián gāo The Chinese character 粘, meaning "sticky", is identical in sound to 年, meaning "year", and the word 糕, meaning "cake" is identical in sound to 高, meaning "high". As such, eating niangao is a symbol of raising oneself higher in each coming year (年年高升 niánnián gāoshēng). Chinese families who practice Chinese traditional religion also offer niangao to the kitchen god is believed to help him provide a sweet report on the family because he will be satisfied and not inclined ...

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The characteristics of the Snake are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

Metal Snakes are extremely willful individuals who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. These people will have their guards up 24-hours a day in order to protect themselves from any failure or possibility of it. They place a great deal of importance on money, but are more concerned with the possessions their finances can bring them. They are in and out so sharply and so silently that they are often unheard and unseen. You must be careful with these Snakes because, although they can be generous, they are always out to get the first position. 
 

The element of Wood, like in most Animal Signs, gives the Snake a bit of solidity and foundation. Wood Snakes are not as self-preserving as the rest of them, as vanity is not really his style. These Snakes have a stable group of friends and family to hang out with and they love each of these people quite deeply. However, it is rare for this Snake to utilize his group of loved ones for advice or listening, often opting to go at it alone. Kindness and genuity are two of this Snakes greatest characteristics. 

Water Snakes are influential and insightful. They manage others well and tend to be good for organizations as staff. They are quite motivated and intellectual, very determined and resolute about success. They will have what they desire, despite the conclusion or outcome they generate because it is important to them to not only be recognized for their efforts, but to be rewarded as well. They are affectionate with their families and friends but do not show this side of their personality to colleagues or business partners.

Fire Snakes can be a bit loud, speaking their minds and smothering you with their opinions. This does add a twist to his dynamic and vibrant character, as he is quite the extrovert. These Snakes have a great wisdom. They are intriguing communicators who leave you breathless after a conversation. Fire Snakes can change even the most obstinate mind with their powers of persuasion, convincing you their opinions or ideas are better than yours. This does make them a little self-centered, but you can’t say they aren’t driven by success. 

Earth Snakes are the most relaxed of the breeds. They lead calm lives and offer a down-to-earth appeal to any conversation or outing. This may make them seem friendlier, as you may not feel the need to wonder what this snake has up his sleeve. They may also shun the need to lash out or take risks, but it isn’t from paranoia. They figure their good sense and work ethic will pay off and bring them much fortune and material satisfaction.

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