“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Confucius
Wishing You 歲歲平安 Suìsuì-píng’ān – everylasting peace, year after year!
2013 is the Year of the Snake; the Black Water Snake. “Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand.” via Hanban.com
新年快樂 Xīnniánkuàilè – Happy New Year of the Black Water Snake! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy celebrating to everyone! Each New Year brings its own set of blessings, reminding us to remember our gifts and dreams for the year, Last year, my Happy Chinese New Year blog post shared ten auspicious, good luck blessings that people shower on each other during the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year, I’m adding twelve good luck blessings and twelve important celebration tips to help us pay attention to details around us and make steady progress towards our goals.
To achieve our goals in the Year of the Snake, which runs from February 10, 2013 to January 30 2014, we must be Focused and Disciplined. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and is considered the “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.” Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen.” Enjoy the twelve blessings and important tips/facts on this special day. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” Confucius
恭喜發財; pinyin: Gōngxǐfācái – Congratulations and be prosperous
Twelve Blessings/Sayings to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year
金玉滿堂Jīnyùmǎntáng – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
大展鴻圖Dàzhǎnhóngtú – “May you realize your ambitions”
迎春接福Yíngchúnjiēfú – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness“
萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
吉慶有餘Jíqìngyǒuyú – “May your happiness be without limit”
竹報平安Zhúbàopíng’ān – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
一本萬利Yīběnwànlì – “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
福壽雙全Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
招財進寶Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”
歲歲平安 Suìsuì-píng’ān – “everlasting peace year after year”
新年快樂 Xīnniánkuàile – “Happy new year“
恭喜發財 Gōngxǐfācái – “Congratulations and be prosperous”.
The Chinese New Year is the most important celebration to start off a year of good deeds and fortune. The snake brings lucky qualities in the form of Colors: Yellow, Red; Day: Monday; Directions: Southwest, Northeast; and Numbers: 2, 4, 7, and 9. In addition to honoring the lucky qualities of the designated animal for each year, people look for popular and auspicious blessings/sayings to share. Above are twelve of the most popular auspicious greetings and sayings. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings. Below are twelve celebration tips to make your year a phenomenal one. More below!