Legend of Chinese New Year
The 2013 Chinese New year is Sunday, February 10th with celebrations lasting the following week. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the most important social and economic holiday in China. With origins dating back centuries, the event marks the end of the winter season. According to legend, every spring a monster would destroy villages and anything that came in its way. One spring, the villagers hung red lanterns and threw burning bamboo when the monster arrived. The monster fled never to return again, thus spring festival was born.
This year is the year of the Black snake and begins on February 10th ending February 24 and is named for steady progress and attention to detail. It is said that great prosperity will come to those who are silent and observant, waiting for the perfect moment. However, bad fortune will fall upon those who make quick hasty decisions.