Get ready to say ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ and wish others a Happy New Year when the Year of the Snake rattles in this weekend.
Celebrations will be taking place across the globe to welcome the Chinese New Year on February 10, with the festival season lasting 15 days.
In Scarborough, restaurants, schools, organisations and families will be marking the occasion with themed events.
At the Hong Kong Restaurant in York Place, traditional red lanterns are in place and a special menu will be served in honour of the Spring Festival.
Restaurant worker Allen Liang explained some of the seasonal traditions.
He said: “In China they celebrate the whole 15 days, but here we mostly celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year.
“We have a big meal on Chinese New Year with at least eight different dishes because that is a lucky number.
“People have a whole chicken and whole fish which symbolises richness.
“In China, on New Year’s Day, we always stay at home, but on the second to the seventh day we go to meet friends and relations.”
The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac and is the enigmatic, intuitive and introspective sign.
This 2013 Year of Snake is said to be good for steady progress.
What does your Chinese zodiac mean about you?
Snake - (1941,53,65,77,89,2001, 2013)
The Snake symbolizes intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. Snakes don’t jump into situations. They are effective at getting the things they want, even if it means they have to scheme and plot.
Horse - (1942,54,66,78,90,2002)
The Horse symbolizes strength, energy, and an outgoing nature. Extremely animated, Horses thrive when they’re the centre of attention. Always in search of a good time, Horses keep the crowds happy with their humour and their wit.
Goat - (1943,55,67,79,91,2003)
The Goat (or Sheep) symbolizes creativity, intelligence, dependability, and calmness. Comfortable being alone to ponder the workings of their inner minds, Goats enjoy being part of a group, but prefer the sidelines rather than the centre.
Monkey - (1944,56,68,80,92,2004).
The Monkey possesses curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Forever playful, Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes.
Rooster - (1945,57,69,81,93,2005)
The Rooster symbolises confidence, pompousness and motivation. Roosters are loyal, trustworthy individuals who are blunt when it comes to offering their opinions.
Dog - (1946,58,70,82,94,2006)
The Dog symbolises loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary.
Pig - (1947,59,71,83,95,2007)
The Pig symbolises diligence,compassion, and generosity. Pigs enjoy life and because they are entertaining, others enjoy their company. Honesty is what Pigs give and what they expect.
Rat - (1936,48,60,72,84,96,2008)
The Rat symbolises wit, imagination and curiosity. Rats have keen observation skills overall are full of energy, talkative and charming but they have a tendency to become aggressive.
Ox - (1949,61,73,85,97,2009)
Oxen possess dependability, strength and determination. Oxen believe that the road to success involves hard work. They favour strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances.
Tiger - (1938,50,62,74,86,98,2010)
The Tiger symbolizes bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. Tigers will accept any challenge if it means protecting a loved one or protecting their honour. Tigers are extremely generous, intelligent and always on alert.
Rabbit - (1939,51,63,75,87, 99, 2011)
The Rabbit symbolises creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict.
Dragon - (1940,52,64,76,88, 2000, 2012)
The Dragon is the mightiest of the signs and symbolises dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.