Year of the Snake

~ Happy Chinese New Year ~ Gong Xi Fa Cai ~

I was born into a family that, while not of Asian ancestry, celebrated the Chinese New Year. My nearest and dearest are such Signs as Rabbit, Monkey, Ox, Dog, Horse, Dragon, and Snake! My mother prepared homemade Chinese food that was so good I still dream about it. I keep her memory alive by doing my best to replicate (and add to) her dishes.

Now my own family eagerly anticipates my feast of Chinese delicacies such as fried dumplings with rice vinegar and fresh ginger for dipping, a bountiful vegetable stirfry with oyster sauce, beef satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce, steamed noodles and sticky jasmine rice. That’s on my menu for this year anyways (it evolves).

Our house and front door have festive decorations that have been up for days. Tomorrow for our special supper we will wear something new and bright (preferably red!) and after dinner we’ll enjoy hot green tea with our fortune cookies as we laugh and ponder what they say. Then we joyfully enter a new year with a new Sign, embracing a positive expectancy of the very best.

May you and yours enjoy good fortune, vibrant health, abundant prosperity, and genuinely nourishing and loving relationships, this year and always.

chinese new year 2013

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The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).

Even though the pronunciations are slightly different, both are written the same way: 恭禧發財

Welcome to Year of the Water Snake!

While last year’s Dragon was Yang energy, this year of the Snake is the balancing Yin.
We’ll probably see substantial developments in the area of science and technology this year.
This is a Water year as well, the element most closely associated with education and research,
which helps make 2013 an excellent year for scientists, educators, and academics.
Snake is a positive sign with lots of good energy that can help us face the challenges ahead.
Let’s take advantage of this vibrant influence to help improve our lives ~ and our whole world!

year of the snake and personality

20 thoughts on “Year of the Snake

  1. That is wonderful to carry on the family traditions ~ my father’s family was from Prague and my Mom learned a lot of special Czech dishes for Christmas – I only know of one or two, but you have inspired me to get some more recipes from my sisters… Yum!

    • I think that’s wonderful Tomas, and I’m sure your sisters would love to share your Mom’s recipes. There’s something about tasting a dish from our childhood that especially brings us back to happy memories. Enjoy! Blessings, Gina

  2. I’ve just been busily re-arranging, cleaning and de-cluttering my house in preparation for the new year – it’s lovely to be in tune with the energy of my house. Thanks for your happy new year post :)

    • Hello Sara, good for you for enjoying your decluttering energy! I’ve been in the exact same mode – feeling charged up for sorting and purging and cleaning things up. Things that are often overlooked, like drawers and such. It feels SO good. I’m so glad you enjoyed the New Year post. :) Cheers! Gina

    • Congratulations on an EXTRA special year for you! Mine will come around in 12 years :) Here’s to a wondrous new decade and the next important twelve-year cycle for you. May you continue to share ever more of your wisdom and power in the world. Blessings and Light, Gina

  3. I knew we were connected in an Asian way, Gina. haha. I was born in the year of the snake. I love that your mother made her own Chinese food every year. What an amazing tradition. One day I hope to share a great Chinese meal with you in person. Until then, long live and prosper. (I know that is not an Asian saying, but I always considered Spock an Asian because he was the only person who looked anything like Asian on tv at the time.) //bow// Kozo

    • Wow! My brother! I knew we were connected as well, and I wonder if you may be 12 years younger than me (only in physical earthling years of course) because I too am celebrating this year as a special year for my own sign. How cool is that?! Special compatibility, and important work for peace we are called and urged to do in this lifetime. Cheers to you (green tea cups clinking) and cyber {Hugs} until we can share a delicious homemade meal together in person. And thanks for the laugh about feeling connected to Spock! I always did too but that’s probably because my ears are kind of pointy ;) Love and Huge Happy Hugs, Gina

  4. Sticky jasmine rice? Oh my! Where can I learn to cook that!? Can you share a recipe? It sounds delicious!!!!! :D. Happy snake year!! It’s a wonderful tradition, I might tell my mom we should adopt it.

    • Hello Erika! Thanks so much for this cheery comment :) Jasmine rice is a type of rice found in most grocery stores, and I don’t make it often because it is so sticky! ;) Last winter my hubby and I threw a tropical theme house party and, among other finger foods, I made pressed rice cubes and chunks of cucumber to serve alongside the spicy satay and hot peanut sauce, so that’s when I learned about jasmine rice because it’s the best kind to press into cubes. I’ll track down my recipe and send it to you if you like :D Email you at Yahoo? Love and Hugs, Gina

  5. My dearest Gina!!!!
    I was just looking at your wonderful list of posts and wondering which one to pick when I saw this title and it intrigued me and oh my goodness!!! I had no idea we are tied together in the bond of sharing Chinese New Year! And to know that you celebrated CNY while growing up filled me with a warmth from my own childhood memories.

    You must have come from a very special family! Your mother must have been one special woman to have brought diversity of cultures into the home in such a natural way. I’m right now dancing with joy of the wonderfulness of this post!! Oh man – I’m so glad I stumbled on this post today! And you might be glad to know I’m born in the year of the Dog :D Hugs, Sharon

    • Hello dearest Sharon!!
      Such a wonderful comment you’ve left for me here. :) It means so much that you’ve enjoyed browsing ‘back in time’ to find this previous post. I have a special place in my heart for those in the Year of the Dog since I married one! My husband is so steady and consistently patient and kind. I am not surprised that you’re one as well. Both my sons were born with a double connection with one of their Grandparents: my eldest was born days away from his maternal Grandmother’s 60th birthday therefore having the same Astrological Sign as well as Animal Year! Then a couple of years later the same thing happened when my youngest was born days away from his paternal Grandfather’s 60th birthday! And I was always touched to be born when my father was 48 and we shared the same Animal Year. I find it all intriguing and enjoy reading up on it.
      You and YOUR wonderfulness makes me dance with joy to be able to enjoy your welcomed visits and delightful comments! How lucky am I to enjoy your loving light here as well as at your incredible blog! Thank you SO much my dear friend. You’ve brought sunshine to a very snowy day here (yes we’re having a late snowy spring in western Canada!)
      Love and Hugs! xo Gina :D

      • Hi again Gina!
        Thanks for the wonderful family stories which I always find so warm and wonderful to read! What animal sign are you, I’ve been meaning to ask. My father is a Horse and my son shares the same animal year with me! You have a wonderful day! Hugs xx

        • Hello Sharon! I’m a Sagittarius Snake, and luckily have always loved nature so I don’t have the ‘issues’ some have with snakes. My Dad was a Leo, so we were VERY similar. We both have (had) quiet, personable friendliness, rather than the boisterous energy associated with such fiery energy. I do have other planetary influences that add to my calm energy. It is always a welcome blessing to hear from you, my friend. Hugs! Gina xo

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