MANILA, Philippines -- On February 10, the Chinese community will usher in the Lunar New Year and the "Year of the Water Snake."
Feng shui expert Master Joseph Chau said 2013 is a year of “challenges” and “conflicts.” Tensions may also escalate as election day draws near.
But candidates in the May 13 elections who are under the zodiac animal signs dragon, dog, rabbit, monkey, and snake are luckier.
Couples planning a wedding this year may want to postpone the date to next year. Chau said 2013 is a “blind year” because spring will come earlier on February 4 than the Chinese New Year. In the Chinese tradition, this is bad luck for weddings.
But, Chau added, money will be easier to earn this year.
Some good business opportunities are in the tourism sector, hotel and restaurant, transportation and even the stock market.
According to the 2013 feng shui chart, there are areas in the house or office that are luckier, such as the northeast where the wealth star is located, and south, for the prosperity star.
To start the year right, place five kinds of fruits like pineapple, apple, banana and orange at the dining table on the eve of New Year's day.