Celebrate the Year of the Snake in Canada

February 8, 2013 | Debby

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Sunday February 10, 2013 marks the start of a new year in the Lunar Calendar. 

2013 is the year of the Snake.

  Year of the Snake 2013  The Chinese Zodiac
[Photo Credit: Chinesenewyearin.com and Wikipedia]

The snake falls into the 12 different Chinese Zodiac signs in astrology.  These signs all have different qualities and characteristics associated with them and the legend of how they came to be can be found in many of our library book collections.

Have a look:

     The animals of the Chinese zodiac  by Susan Whitfield The Chinese astrology bible the definitive guide to using the Chinese Zodiac by Derek Walters The dragon's tale and other animal fables of the Chinese zodiac by Demi

 Do you know what the Zodiac order is? Here are the dates and animal signs for the next few years:

Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 3 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig

                              [chart taken from: http://www.apples4theteacher.com]

There are many events and festivities happening in celebration of the Lunar New Year in Toronto, Toronto Public Library and City of Toronto have events planned for this week. Take a look to find out more or call our Answerline: 416-393-7131 to inquire.


If you are interested in finding out more rituals and traditions of the Lunar New Year, have a look at our other blogs: 

Happy Lunar New Year in Canada

Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year Celebrations @ Toronto Public Libraries

The Year of the Snake