20 Chinese New Year fun facts
Year of the Snake
It’s estimated that a sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than one billion Chinese citizens.
-- By Charyn Pfeuffer
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Sixth animal sign of Chinese horoscope
People born in 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001 are all snakes.
Positive: The Snake can be fun-loving, charitable and sexy.
Negative: The Snake can also be judgmental, pessimistic and fickle.
A snake in love
In love, the male snake is romantic and charming, while the female is usually beautiful and successful.
The ‘Year of Snake’ symbolizes wealth and prosperity. In money matters, people born in the year of the snake have good luck; they don't have to worry too much about money.
10 famous snakes: Kim Basinger, Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn, Liz Hurley, Dean Martin, Ryan O'Neal, Brad Pitt, Brooke Shields, Dionne Warwick and Oprah Winfrey.
The snake and other signs
Snakes are best matched with Ox, Rooster and Dragon signs.
They’re least compatible with Pig, Monkey and Tiger signs.
What animal sign are you?
Good luck food
Long noodles are served often during the New Year festivities. They shouldn't be cut while you are eating them. “Keep them as long as possible for long life,” says Doris Lum, president of the Association of Chinese Cooking Teachers.
Clean up your act
According to Chinese New Year tradition, the entire house should be cleaned from top to bottom to get rid of the bad luck that accumulated in the past year.
The Chinese display the ‘Fu’ or ‘good luck’ symbol on their doors and windows. Displayed upside-down, it resembles the Chinese character ‘dao’ meaning ‘to arrive’ in the sense of ‘good luck arriving.’