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the year of the snake 2013

Chinese Canadians across Canada will be celebrating the Year of the Snake this coming Chinese New Year. Also called the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, this day falls on February 10, 2013.

Chinese New Year in Vancouver, BC.
Photoraph by Kenny Louie

A little bit about Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. We normally follow the western, or Gregorian calendar, which is based on the sun. Because the lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon, Chinese New Year falls on a different date in January or February each year.

The celebration of the New Year is a 15-day festival. The first day starts with the new moon and ends on the full moon. For Chinese people all over the world, this is the longest and most important celebration of the year.

The Snake of the Chinese Zodiac. The Snake is the sixth animal of the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs. People born in the years 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013 are born in the year of the Snake.

People born in the year of the Snake are independent, quiet, and careful planners. They prefer to work alone and are creatures of few words. Underneath their unassuming nature, they possess a sensual charismatic charm. They have legendary recuperative powers in times of adversity.

Famous Snakes include:
Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan, Martha Stewart, Kanye West, and Edgar Allan Poe.

2013 Prediction for Snake people:

Snakes can expect good fortune in relationships and look forward to a time when they personally or professionally shine. It will be a year when Snake can easily overcome recent setbacks or obstacles experienced in 2012. Even though Snakes may not have the income desired in the first half year, financial fortune comes in the second half year. (source)

Celebrating Chinese New Year. Very much like Christmas and New Year's Eve, the Lunar New Year’s Eve is usually celebrated with a dinner at the home of a family’s most senior member. This feast consists of traditional dishes that symbolize health, prosperity, happiness and well wishes for the New Year. The names of these dishes and gifts sound very much like the Chinese New Year symbols. Depending on the community, festivities include parades featuring dragon and lion dancers, who are said to drive away evil spirits.

Many Canadian cities have significant Chinese Canadian communities. This is a list of major Chinese New Year celebrations and shows across Canada:

Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas
Jan 31 – Feb 3 Year of the Snake Expo 2013, BC Place more info
Feb 16 Chinese New Year at The Lansdowne Centre more info
Feb 17 40th Annual Chinese New Year Parade more info
Calgary, AB and surrounding areas
Feb 9 Chinese New Year Carnival more info
Toronto, ON and surrounding areas
Feb 10 Chinese New Year 2013,
Trafalgar Square, London
more info
Feb 16 Carnival China 2013 more info
Feb 16 Northern Lights, Eastern Fire more info
Montreal, QC and surrounding areas
Feb 3 Chinese New Year Celebrations
2013 Gala & Dinner
more info
Feb 17 Chinese New Year Gala, Place des Arts more info

Would you like to submit your Chinese Canadian New Year's event? Please let us know here. Just a simple form – promise!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!


Michelle Mah is a Chinese-Canadian mother born in Vancouver, Canada. Once a System Analyst for a radiology software firm in Richmond, BC, she married a family physician. Together they raise their family in rural 100 Mile House, BC.

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