Chinese Year of the Snake

Hollandse Nieuwe

Kung Hei Fat Choy, Happy Chinese New Year! The Year of the Snake started last week according to the lunar calendar. We have to wait and see if it’s a good thing though, because many¬†Chinese predict that a Snake Year will bring unexpected changes, instability and volatility. A threat to harmony and stability, the key-values of Chinese culture.

One success strategy of snakes themselves to cope with change: a couple of times a year, snakes shed their skin to be able to grow more. Maybe it’s the same thing for people, we have to change skins sometime. Because the minds that are not open to change, can’t grow either;-). My Chinese New Years resolution is to try and be more flexible and open-minded in this unpredictable Year of the Snake.

Pic: Since last issue, I’m doing the lay-out and design for ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’, magazine of the Nederlandse Vereniging in Hong Kong. The theme of this winter-issue was ‘Snake’;-).¬†