The Chinese New Year starts on February 10. While snakes are often considered to be sneaky, threatening reptiles, they are also interpreted to be good omens in various Asian cultures. It was once said that the dragon fell from the sky only then to become a snake. As such, the snake is also called “little dragon.”

In Chinese Astrology, the 12 animals of the zodiac are thought to influence personality traits of an individual as well as dictate fortunes for their year. Check out this infographic  from, and to help you combat unnecessary hardship in 2013.