TAHOE/TRUCKEE - The annual date for the Chinese New Year varies and is derived from a complex combination of lunar phases and solar solstices and equinoxes. Translation: It falls sometime in February (this year on February 10) lasts for 15 days and (heads up!) gives you a second chance to revisited those New Year's resolutions you have been ignoring since January 1, 2013.
And you will be in good company. Chinese New Year is one of (if the not the most) widely celebrated holidays in the world and 2013 heralds in The Year of the Water Snake. Gee, good thing it's not exactly lake weather right now. Maybe I'll have forgotten about the 2013 water snake by July...
Actually, people born under this Chinese zodiac sign have several redeeming qualities. They are said to be intelligent, graceful, analytical, hard working and diligent. On the flip side, snakes are materialistic, scheming, easily stressed, easily bored (Duh. I would be bored if I were a snake) jealous and obsessive. So are you a snake? Only if you were born in the following months/years:
Well shoot, even a snake has got to eat and I didn't think a recipe for live mice would really appeal to the other Chinese Zodiac signs among us, so I am going with the traditional fried rice. Yes, they do eat fried rice in China. I have been there, done that.