by Frank YU

The Spring Festival is China’s biggest holiday, beloved of the Chinese people. It is a day for reunion and blessing, and a time to wish one another prosperity and good fortune—which makes New Year’s proverbs especially appropriate for this issue on small businesses.

The date of Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is determined by the lunar/solar calendar rather than the Western (Gregorian) calendar, so it can occur any time from late January to mid-February. In 2013, the Spring Festival falls on February 10, and the new year will be the year of the (water) snake. Each Chinese year is represented by a repeated cycle of 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, hare or rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. In this issue, I would like to introduce five proverbs popular for wishing people well on the occasion of the Spring Festival.

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