Chinese dragon by-chamomile MorguefileChinese welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Snake with raucous celebrations on Saturday. Practitioners of the ancient art of feng shui say the New Year ahead will see financial markets slither higher as optimism grows.

People born in the year of the snake are believed to be thoughtful and stylish yet complex characters.

For many Chinese people, taboos abound during this period. Crying on New Year’s Day means you will cry for the rest of the year, and washing your hair signifies washing away good luck. And don’t clean on new year’s day, for you will be sweeping away good fortune in the year ahead.

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