I apologise for being late this year in wishing my Chinese friends a very happy New Year – a traditional Chinese celebration that began yesterday, 10 February 2013.
The Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) takes place in the early months of our calendar year, typically in January or February. In 2013, the Lunar New Year began on 10th February and its beginning marks 15 days of celebration and the start of the Year of the Snake.
The celebrations will culminate in the Lantern Festival on 25th February.
According to Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal, these being the following 12 animals: Boar, Dragon, Dog, Horse, Monkey, Ox, Rat, Rabbit, Ram, Rooster, Snake and Tiger. It is believed that each of these animals bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year.
The Year of the Snake (2013) heralds the end of the Year of the Dragon (2012).
May you all have a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Snake.
Gong Xi Fa Ca and Gong Hei Fa Choi!