Chinese Lunar New Year 2013 – The Year of Black Water Snake

Chinese New Year

2013 Chinese New Year Day is on February 10, 2013. The Year 2013 is the 4710th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King who  was not the first emperor of China. The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4710th year on February 10, 2013. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Black Water Snake is the 30th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 30 = 4710, therefore 2013 is the Water Snake year, which is the 4710th Chinese Year.

Year of Black Snake

2013 is the year of Snake. Some people say 2013 is a Black Snake or Water Snake year. This is because the Stem-Branch Calendar is connected to the Five Element theory. Chinese calendars used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use animal names. The Branch sequence order is  Rat, Cow, Tiger, Dragon, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin with Wooden Rat and end with Water Pig. You can see the entire sequence from the Chinese New Year’s page. From 1924 to 1983 is a complete cycle. Year 2013 is Female Water Snake   the 30th of the Stem-Branch in the system. Because Water is connected to Black in the Five-Element system, Year 2013 is also called the Black Snake year. 2013 Year of Snake.

Chinese call a snake is a little dragon. They said a dragon fell down from the sky and then became a snake. Therefore, Snakes have Dragon’s body without scale and cannot fly. Dragon is the 5th animal in the Chinese horoscope order sequence. Snake is the 6th animal in the Chinese horoscope. Dragon is the big brother of Snake. Snake is shame to be on the ground. Snake becomes a clam, shy, cautious and low-key animal. Snake won’t attack its opponent, unless it’s disturbed. As long as we don’t fool with Snake, we won’t get bitten. Snake has the ability to swallow an animal bigger than its size. So we cannot underestimate snake’s ambitious. We shouldn’t ignore the existence of Snake. Snake is a no-limb animal with fork-like tongue. Chinese treat that spitting tongue as a sign of argument. Actually, Snake uses its tongue to smell. But in the Chinese zodiac, the Snake implies the potential trouble of libel, dispute or slander.

Chinese New Year Festival in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore spans 15-day long till New Year Lantern Festival. The detail is at The Celebration of 15-Day Chinese New Year Festivals page.

The schedule Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in US major Chinatowns usually is on the weekend before or after Chinese New Year Day. You need to check the schedule at the Lunar New Year Parade Location and Schedule page.

2013 Chinese Astrology

To forecast our luck in the coming years, we first have to know what elements and animals are in our Birth Chart from Find Your Lucky Element page. 2013 is the year of    Female Water Snake. Snake mainly contains Fire. Therefore, Fire and Water will be the biggest factors to determine people’s fortune in 2013.

The complete Chinese Five Element Astrology is at
Chinese Astrology 2013 for The Year of Black Snake.
The complete 12 Chinese Animal Signs Prediction is at
2013 Chinese Zodiacs for Year of Snake.

Another easier way to find your own Chinese Five Element Astrology is at
Predict your Personal 2013 Chinese Horoscopes.

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