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Predictions for the Year of the Snake as Beijing Celebrates with Colour and Style

Predictions: Year of the Snake 2013

Chinese artists perform the lion dance during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth), in Beijing, February 9, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Source: REUTERS/Jason Lee

The Chinese New Year begins on Sunday 10 February, and the calendar moves from the Year of the Dragon to the Year of the Snake.

The Chinese zodiac calendar - known as Sheng Xiao - is divided into 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts 12 months and each cycle is represented by one animal. 2013 is the Year of the Snake and the Snake is the sixth symbol in the Chinese zodiac. The Snake is characterised as a mixture of intelligence, grace and greed.

Good Year, Bad Year?

Dong Yilin, a traditional fortune teller in the Chinese capital of Beijing, told The Telegraph 2013 would be