It's just about time for the Chinese New Year, and this year's symbol will be the skin shedding snake. The 2013 Chinese New Year begins on February 10 and ends January 30, 2014. Snake years are known as a time to reassess our lives with regard to finances, relationships and work.
Typically, Chinese families prepare for the new year up to a month in advance. They'll do this by cleaning house, getting a hair cut, going shopping, and going to the fortune teller. The housecleaning is a kind of spring cleaning, with dirt being swept out the door to ensure the new year is off to a good start.
Here's to a year of good luck to everyone. Now for those traditional potstickers!