Let's instead talk about auspicious colours for the Chinese New Year first.
If your favourite colours are blue, green and purple, then you are in sync with the colours for next year, the Year of the Snake.
Even though red is the default colour for Chinese New Year and all other celebrations, feng shui experts indicated that the lucky colours for the upcoming Year of the Snake are blue, green and purple.
Blue has been cited as the most favourable colour, as it represents the “water” element, while red and yellow, representing fire and earth respectively, would be less favourable options for the year ahead.
It is not just for clothes. It also applies to buying a new car to choosing accessories for your handphone. Blue, green and purple are good colours to choose.
“You could even paint a small portion of your home in one of these colours,” said Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (Mings) president Prof Joe Choo, adding that the colours would attract good luck.
The Year of Snake begins on Feb 10, which is the first day of Chinese New Year.
It is still favourable to start work the following day, which is Feb 18. However, you can go into the office for a while on Sunday evening and make your wishes for the year ahead. .
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And now for the specific auspicious days to end/start work. Below is a chart borrowed from WayOnNet which tells the dates to end work for the year and dates to start work in the new lunar year.
Quoting what the website says, No matter what your occupation is, you will desire to start work on a day that can bring about prosperity, personal safety and a successful career.
A few other related articles that may interest you:
- Top 10 Tips to Stay Well-Prepared for Water Snake Year 2013.
- Chinese Horoscope predictions for the Year of the Snake.
- Receiving the God of Prosperity. The experts say this is not specific to any culture or religion. The best times for this are on Feb 9 and 11, from 1.30am to 3.30am and 9.30pm to 11.30pm, respectively. How to go about it? Check out Happy new year! But wait till February for God of Prosperity
- FENG SHUI: A prosperous Water Snake Year ahead
- Outlook for the Snake year according to the "Tung Shing" Chinese Almanac
The following is our translation of the poem for the Year of the Snake 2013:
The rains in the S6R6 year come in the right seasons,
Farmers enjoy a huge harvest, fishing boats fill with abundance,
Harvest in the highlands is huge; the lowlands are good though not as plenty,
Pests and insects are the only worries,
A good harvest also means a time for weddings,
With matchmakers busy in their work, merry and grinning,
Brothers congratulate each other, everyone is happy,
The Snake year will be a happy one indeed.
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!