Lucky Snake Year 2013: Chinese New Year Celebration Guide!

Always conspicuous during Chinese New Year Periods ‘Good Luck’ character ‘Fu’, depending on your view, combines two ‘Happy New Year!’ messages. Depicting a woman plus loaded cooker/stove, viewed upside-down ‘Fu’ says (good luck) Dao/’Arriving’.

Lucky Snake Year 2013: Chinese New Year Celebration Guide!
By []Peter Allsop

Always conspicuous during Chinese New Year Periods ‘Good Luck’ character ‘Fu’, depending on your view, combines two ‘Happy New Year!’ messages. Depicting a woman plus loaded cooker/stove, viewed upside-down ‘Fu’ says (good luck) Dao/’Arriving’.


Food is an important part of Chinese New Year reflected in Festival customs and traditions. Dumplings symbolising fortune (resembling small gold and silver ingots once used as currency) are consumed with particular gusto.

Delicious glutinous rice-cakes feature regularly on New Year Menus. ‘Fish’ and ‘abundance/plenty’ sound similar in Chinese so fish dishes are popular too. Go for Spare-ribs and Singapore Noodles if you’ve never tried Chinese cuisine before.


Gold, symbolising good-fortune, is very prominent. Groups of four gold Chinese characters on shiny red paper, convey appropriate Greetings or sentiments.

Red, the most active colour, represents Heaven Qi activating and energizing our bodies. Red is everywhere in this festival activating the New Year.


Fireworks, including firecrackers, essential features of New Year celebrations, are ancient Chinese inventions. Bamboo, exploding with a loud report when burnt through rapid internal air expansion, prompted their discovery.

Parades, performances, dancing (especially Lion Dancing) and kung fu displays are also key festival ingredients. Advance knowledge of such celebrations encourages people to enjoy these auspicious events to the utmost.

Why Chinese New Year Dates Vary!

The Chinese New Year Festival, begins when the Year’s second Moon appears beginning a new Lunar Cycle replacing the departing Month ending the previous one. Lunar Months last 29.5 days so China inserts extra months periodically (7 every 19 years) hence this moveable feast’s differing annual start and end dates.

As the Crescent new moon appears around the world Chinatowns begin to echo with the sounds of Lion and Dragon Dances. These traditionally bring luck to newly opening enterprises (like the New Year).

Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Team (I’m a member) are popular in my home City. In London U.K Chinatown, Shaolin Fists Lion Dance Team of my Esteemed Teacher (Grandmaster Yap Leong) known world-wide, figure famously in Celebrations, alongside other excellent troupes.

Snake Year Celebrations Begin February 2013

The Capital’s Chinese Water Snake Year 2013-14 celebrations commence Sunday February 10th with a morning street-parade through Chinatown from Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross and The Strand. Trafalgar Square’s open air stage then hosts, first-class martial arts, ethnic dance and music performances from visiting Chinese artists for free all afternoon.

Craft stalls, street entertainment, Lion Dancing and fireworks continue into the evening. Local Chinese buffets and restaurants then fill with those completing their visit with a welcome meal!

Have a Happy and Prosperous Snake Year 2013/14!

Malaysia Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines Thailand, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia having significant Chinese links and populations also celebrate Chinese New Year. A distinguished Chinese Official described this last year as: ‘… something that China is sharing with the World… a world-wide celebration’!

Alongside Chinese metaphysics, Astrology, and Feng Shui Peter Allsop M.Ed’s interests also include Anti-aging/ Longevity Training, 5 Elements Qigong and Daoism.

Peter also publishes ‘ Martial Arts Ezine; Red Dragon’ free online.Explore the resources at or

5 Elements Master and Senior Student of Grandmaster Yap Leong, Peter teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong in Yorkshire U. K. as Shaolin Fists International Area Instructor.

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