Three weeks ago we celebrated Chinese new year (you can find previous publications on our blog about all the celebrations here or here) 😉
So 2013 is a snake year, but what does it exactly mean for Chinese people ??
Snake is the 6th year of the Chinese Zodiac, there are 12 different animals representing every year.
Usually animals are associated with personality of people born during this year. Chinese people often says that snake people are elegant, seductive and smart but also unscrupulous!
It is said that snake people (years :1989, 2001 and 2013) can have very good relationship with people from ox years (1985, 1997 and 2009) and rooster years (1981, 1993, and 2005) but can’t support people from pig years (1983, 1995 and 2007).
In Qingdao you can find Chinese pictures and decorations hanging on almost every shop or restaurant wishing you a happy new year with a snake on it.
Snake people are also influenced by the two last numbers of their birth year, it is symbolised by five elements :
0 & 1 : Metal
2 & 3 : Water
4 & 5 : Wood
6 & 7 : Fire
8 & 9 : Earth
All these elements play a different role on snake people’s and you can compare it to the decans in the west zodiac.