Happy year of the snake! Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, the biggest and craziest holiday in China. I’m spending time in my best friends small village (pics to come) and I’m probably being driven crazy by non-stop fireworks but nothing can keep the smile off my face.
That’s because my year, the year of the dragon, is finally over. Before I came to china I thought living here during my year would be awesome. I figure I would get that “dragon power” to get things done and kind of have the power of the dragon on my side.
I was wrong. It turns out that your year is actually bad luck, and you can expect a rough time. While overall my year has been fantastic, I experienced a string of bad luck, from getting sick a lot more than normal to overloaded classes. I blame the dragon year for it all.
So, if you are a snake (born in the years 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965 or 1953) it’s time to batten down the hatches, cause bad luck might be coming your way.
But don’t worry, there is a sure-fire way to counteract the bad luck: wear red! That’s right, as long as you wear red everyday luck should stay on your side. This past year I tried wearing red as much as I could. Everyday for months I wore a red string necklace a student gave me in hopes of counteracting the bad. And it worked too, until it fell behind my 1000-pound bed and I was unable to retrieve it. (What I should have gotten was some red underwear, a popular new years gift because of these beliefs.)
Dragon years are known to be unpredictable and wild, like the dragons themselves. But this year, the snake, is expected to be a low-key one. Snakes are said to be introspective, intuitive, elegant and a little mysterious. This year is expected to be slightly more spiritual in which people contemplate things more than last year.
And snakes are said to be good at business so this year, people can expect their businesses to thrive as long as they are a little bit thrifty. In fact, it is said the snake year is a good time to save money, but a bad time to take major risks.
Here’s to a happy year of the snake. 新年快乐！Happy New Year everyone!