Chinese New Year

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese Proverb

Chinese New Year will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013. This holiday lasts for 15 days and it is also known as the Spring Festival (because in the Chinese calendar, it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring). Since Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, the holiday can also be referred to as the Lunar New Year.

The Year of the Snake

2013 marks the Year of the Snake. According to the article, “The 2013 Year of Snake,” this year is meant for “steady progress and attention to detail.” Out of the 12 Animal Signs in the Chinese Zodiac, the snake is the 6th and it is the most “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected” of them all.  Based on Chinese Astrology, Year of the Snake people are considered to “possess gracious morality and great wisdom.” They are also said to be intense, passionate, and understand themselves well. While they can be a bit headstrong at times, they do tend to have great perception. Learn some more traits regarding Year of the Snake people:


  • financially secure
  • sympathy for others
  • determined to accomplish goals
  • rich source of inspiration


  • jealous
  • suspicious
  • fickle
  • problems in relationships

For more details on these traits, see: Chinese Zodiac – Snake. If you want to see what’s in store for this year, check out the video, “2013 Chinese Zodiac Forecast for Snake by Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong (Feng Shui – Singapore).

Chinese New Year Parade

During the Gold Rush days of the 1860’s, the San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration began. Named one of the top ten parades, this celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. According to Chinatown San Francisco, the Chinese New Year Parade is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. The celebration in San Francisco includes:

  • decorated floats
  • marching bands
  • martial arts groups
  • stilt walkers
  • lion dancers
  • Chinese acrobatics
  • the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA
  • the Golden Dragon

For the grand finale of the parade, the 201 foot long dragon is always featured and is accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers! Check out some highlights from the 2012 Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco:

Chinese Lantern Festival

Based on the article, “Chinese New Year: 2013,” the lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. “Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history.” The Chinese American Museum states that during the Chinese New Year celebration, “people make a fresh start, and set the tone for the upcoming year.” This holiday brings families together and it ends with the Lantern Festival. Although this tradition started in China, many Chinese Americans celebrate it in America, as well. This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival in Dallas, Texas. The festival in Dallas consists of  a dragon made from 15,000 porcelain dishes and it is “an exotic visual delight–a collection of architecture, fabric flora, and fauna, including pandas, flamingos, and dinosaurs.” It was my first time to attend and the experience was wonderful! Take a look at what I got to see!

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I hope everyone has a very prosperous Year of the Snake. Enjoy the Chinese New Year Celebration!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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