Festivities kick off, although astrologers warn about the Year of the Snake
Monday is the first day of the Lunar New Year and people around the globe, including in Houston are celebrating. Still, Houston astrologer Kimberly McSherry says the Year of the Snake should not be taken lightly.
"It's a time for caution; it's a time for careful analysis before you act. You know, the snake is not impulsive."
McSherry says previous Years of the Snake include 1929 -- when the stock market crashed; 1941 when the U.S. was attacked by Japan and 2001. She also adds the snake years are about dramatic change.
"I just had a friend asking me about whether or not she should buy this house this year and ya know, I said 'not if you don't have to.'"
Home to one of the largest Asian populations in the US, Houston's celebrations of the new year continue and are a great time to explore the culture.
Here are the remaining festivals coming up:
Feb 16-17:Lunar New Year Houston is a 2-day festival complete with performances and fireworks at the Viet Hoa Center (8388 W. Sam Houston Parkway at Beltway Plaza).
Feb 16:Texas Lunar Festival is held in held in Amity Park in Alief (12509 Alief Clodine Road) and touted as an international community event.
Feb 23:1st Annual MCLIMS Chinese New Year Festival takes place at HISD's Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School (6300 Avenue B. at Bissonnett, Bellaire) and will feature performances, vendors, games and more.