Chinese New Year 2013: Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year is less than a month away! Many of us are familiar with the January 1st traditions we celebrate on the first day of every calendar year we observe (also known as the Western or Gregorian calendar). However, the Chinese observe a different calendar known as the lunar calendar (based on the cycles of the moon), and Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year.

For 2013, Chinese New Year will be on February 10. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals, and the cycle is repeated every 12 years. 2012 was the year of the dragon, and 2013 will  be the year of the snake. (For  more information on the origin of Chinese New Year, click here).

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Many families start preparing for the holiday a month in advance. The home is thoroughly cleaned, and festivities and foods are planned. Families gather together to celebrate the holiday with a large feast the night before. Children will wish good fortune and health to all the elders, and in return, given a red envelope of money. The night comes to an end with loud bangs of firecrackers and poppers.

We’re going to be sharing more Chinese New Year posts soon! Learn all about the traditions that the Chinese observe for the holiday, and what types of food are served. We’re also going to share home decorating tips and project ideas to inspire you to prepare your home for the holiday. Stay tuned!

 

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