Saturday, February 9, 2013

Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese New Year to those of you who celebrate this wonderful occasion around the world. This is the biggest holiday in Asia, and people are usually off work for ten days (paid!). I miss collecting red envelops full of money and staying up all night on New Years Eve as a kid. So glad for those wonderful memories with family.

Year of the Snake: 
"Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise."


Maryse said...

10 days paid!!! It must be so many wonderful traditions! Happy Year of the Snake to you!

Kristen said...

Happy New Year! 10 days paid?!!!!!

Karen said...

Very interesting! Did you grow up in China or did you receive red envelopes in the US?

Alli said...

Happy Chinese New Year! This year I asked my mom if I'm old enough that I should be giving li si to the little cousins, but she said I'm still in the too-old-to-get-them-but-not-old-enough-to-give-them generation. Hehe!

I hope you get to eat lots of gau and dau lau!