According to ancient Chinese wisdom a snake is a good omen as it means you will not starve. A snake is seen as a great mediator, being good at business, and is willing to sacrifice possessions for well-being A snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.
As per tradition, the Lion dance is to start February 9th. The Lion Dance is about the tradition of the lion bringing prosperity and good luck to those whom are able to lure him into their place.The lion is portrayed as a vegetarian in Chinese culture, so hanging vegetables and firecrackers are the lures.
Check out all the happenings around Chinatown for this grand celebration of the Year of the Snake, 2013!
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Chinatown Flower Market at the 10th St. Plaza, 10th & Vine St.
- 11 p.m.: Midnight Lion Dance Performance to be at 10th & Race St.)
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade starts at 10th & Spring St.
- Martial Arts Performance to be at 10th & Arch St.
For more information on this year's celebrations in Chinatown, Philadelphia see: