Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Each new year comes with a fresh start — especially if it’s your year.

Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10, beginning the Year of the Snake.

“My mom still makes me do it, but I hate to do it, but if it’s your own year, you are supposed to wear red socks and red underwear,” said Paul Chen, who has been at House of Chan since the current location opened.

Chen came to the U.S. from Northern China when he was 9, and though his accent diminished, he is steeped in Chinese tradition. Born in 1978, his sign is the Horse.

“We are supposed to be hard workers,” said Chen, who speaks Mandarin and English. “It’s all labor our whole life. This year is supposed to be good for us, a very smooth year.”

The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac of 12 animal signs.

 “The younger don’t know this,” he said. “It comes in 12-year cycles. My sister is a Chicken.”

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