Chinese New Year

February 10th commences the Chinese New Year and is the year of the Snake.

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Technically, the Chinese New Year could fall in Jan or Feb since it is a lunar year and so changes every year: “Since traditional Chinese holidays like the Moon Festival are based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the date on the western (Gregorian) calendar changes from one year to the next. This Chinese New Year calendar provides dates and descriptions of significant traditional holidays and festivals in 2013, the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.

There are five elements to the Chinese Zodiac, and this year is the water element which is associated with the color black (don’t ask me- why not blue), it is the Year of the Black Snake. Here’s a link, if you want to see how the different signs fare in the year of the Black Snake: