The Year of the Snake
February 9, 2013 § 6 Comments
Sunday, February 10th, people the world over will be celebrating the 2013 Chinese New Year; the Year of the Snake.
I don’t much like snakes, but the Chinese believe that having one in your house is a good omen, because the snake will ensure that your family won’t starve. Snakes are wise and cunning, and apparently good mediators, who can make sure your family has plenty of food in this year (or any other for that matter).
My girls painted paper snakes in school decorating them with glittering, golden flowers. They ate home-made dumplings lovingly prepared by the mother of a Chinese friend, who also gifted them with a red envelope filled with a crisp one dollar bill; a gift of luck.
On Thursday, both girls wore red to represent happiness and luck as they marched in their preschool’s Chinese New Year Parade, and Sophie chose to wear her most glittering, golden skirt (a Chinese sign of wealth, a five-year-olds sign of fancy).
All of the anticipation got me jazzed for another beginning to 2013, and if I’m honest, I could use a new start myself.
January 1st began with good intentions, but I lost sight over the following weeks.
Fresh starts. Cleaner homes. Better luck.
Happy New Year! Let’s try this again.
Did you know that Sunday is the Chinese New Year?