Yesterday commenced the Lunar New Year, the highest of the Chinese holidays. Traditionally, fireworks, bamboo sticks and firecrackers are set ablaze during the 15-day festivity to ward off evil and to celebrate renewal. This year’s symbol, the snake, is one of the most controversial signs of the Chinese zodiac. Some believe the serpent is a good omen, while others fear the animal carries negative energy. Thus, mystery often surrounds snake years.
Another popular New Year’s custom is to present gifts to family and friends in red envelopes. The Chinese believe that the color red repels evil and signifies good luck. From all of us at MyOpinionNow.com, "Jīnyùmǎntáng!" (Translation: May your wealth [RewardPoints] come to fill a hall.) Please join us in celebrating the New Year by sharing your Chinese zodiac symbol in the comment space.