Welcome to Year of the Snake 

THE Hills Chinese community will be wishing everyone "happy birthday" on Saturday.

That's because Saturday is the seventh day of their Chinese new year celebration, the day when everyone grows one year older.

"For the Cantonese, we will have . . . a party with family and friends, where a type of porridge with rice and meat is served," said Cherrybrook Chinese Association president Yue-Yan Chan, of Cherrybrook.

The Year of the Snake began on February 10 but will be celebrated by The Hills Chinese community in grand style on Friday, February 22 — the 13th day of the Chinese New Year.

Mr Chan said the association would host a banquet dinner at the Castle Terrace Chinese Cuisine in Castle Hill from 7pm, where there will be lion dancing, among other entertainment.

The cost is $55 a head.

Students from the association's Chinese language school made lanterns for the occasion on Saturday.

Bookings: 9875 3336 (9.30am-noon) or 9980 6319.

■ It is believed that people born in the Year of the Snake (which recurs every 12th year) think of clever schemes in a cold calculating manner. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen.

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