8-14 February 2013 #642
Xin Nian Kuai Le
According to traditional Chinese beliefs, each year in the calendar is assigned one of twelve animals, and it is thought that these may have an influence on one’s personality, character quirks, and fortune for the year ahead. For example, those born in 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001 are said to be ‘snakes’. An additional element of fire, wood, water, earth or metal is also assigned depending on a two year cycle.
Astrologists have predicted that this year is particularly auspicious for ‘Water Snakes’. All the other serpents will have a smooth sailing in their businesses and personal relations. If you are not sure of your Chinese animal avatar, enlightenment is only a mouse click away.
The Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays celebrated within China, and around the world where there is a significant community of ethnic Chinese, such as Southeast Asia or California in the United States. An estimated 700 million people in China alone will travel back home to their villages and towns to visit their ageing parents and relatives.
For restaurants and caterers serving Chinese food, the New Year is traditionally the busiest and most profitable time of the year. Many Chinese families take advantage of their extended leave from work to travel abroad and neighbouring Nepal has always been a popular destination.
The Chinese have given you the perfect excuse to party, so what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and family, head out to Tian Rui (see Page 9) or the nearest Chinese establishment this Sunday and ring in a Snaky New Year. Xin Nian Kuai Le!