What to expect this Lunar New Year: Year of the Snake

. This holiday is narrated by powerful mythology and traditions which are centuries old, and continue to carry significance in this day and age. I happen to be very passionate about all things astrological, evidenced by the fact that I often frequent a handful of horoscope apps on my phone.

I recently downloaded the free Chinese Horoscope app and I’ve been uncovering the background of my animal zodiac, the Ox, particularly how its forecast relates to the 2013 Year of the Snake. Speaking of apps, a quick search on my phone reveals a wide selection of cool apps you can download for free to digitally bring in the New Year. Categories range from  ringtones, wallpapers, greeting cards to my favourite find-  the Chinese New Year Photo Booth app, you can insert frames, images, lanterns and stamps onto your photos.

Many people will be celebrating the Lunar festivities in various ways, here’s what you can expect from Rogers:

You can also tune into the free previews that are currently on your TV. I’ve outlined the channel names and numbers below.

Free previews on your TV:

Channel Name

End Date



New Tang Dynasty

February 11


LS Times

February 11


Channel V Taiwan

February 11


Star Chinese Channel

February 18


Star Chinese Movies 2

February 18




Available to Ontario Rogers Digital TV subscribers

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Free Lai See packs at select Rogers retail locations across Canada

Request to receive a free Lai See pack from a rep in the store, the picture included in this post depicts what it looks like. Typically these packs come in the form of a small envelope with brightly coloured designs, like red and gold variations.

As one of the most ancient creatures, the snake embodies great wisdom and is both feared and venerated. I like the analogy of the snake shedding its skin; this year will be characterized by peeling away old habits and starting fresh with new goals and ambitions. In other words, a time for reflection and thoughtful resolutions.

What is your favourite aspect of the Lunar New Year?

 Kaili is a regular contributor to the Redboard blog.

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