The Year of the Snake dawns in the Chinese calendar, and brings with it a whole year of changes and influences represented by the snake. Beginning on 10th February 2013, it is the most important holiday in the Chinese year. Also known as the Spring Festival, it ends with the Lantern Festival on 24th February 2013.
The snake, the symbol of yin, female energy, is enigmatic and full of unspoken mysteries. It is associated with qualities such as influence and insight, intellect, determination and power, and represents material possessions. A symbol of happiness and auspiciousness, theancient Chinese believed that a snake in the house was a good omen because it meant that the family would always be free from want.
Traditions and Customs for the Chinese New Year
- Cleaning the house thoroughly in order to sweep away any negative energy and making space for good fortune to enter.
- Decorating windows and doors with red coloured paper and poems with themes of wealth, long life and happiness. The colour red is considered auspicious.
- Exchanging presents and giving children money in red paper envelopes.
- Wearing new clothes.
On the eve of the New Year, families come together for a feast. It is a time for reconciliation and letting go of grudges. The night usually ends with fireworks.
At Ananya, we have a fabulous range of Chinese New Year cards for you to choose from, with several designs depicting snake designs using a rich, auspicious red. Remember that although the New Year starts on 10th February, the Year of the Snake lasts the entire year, so feel free to send cards any time during the year.
How will you be celebrating the Year of the Snake? Have you checked out our Chinese New Year Pinterest board for some unusual ideas?