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Chinese In West Michigan Celebrate New Year

CASCADE, Mich. — February 10 is the start of the new year in the Chinese calendar, and at least one West Michigan restaurant is celebrating.

First Wok, located at 6740 Old 28th St. SE in Cascade, presented a spread of traditional foods and cards with well wishes in their establishment on Sunday, wishing all who dined a happy Year of the Snake.

The Chinese zodiac features 12 animals and rotates annually. The belief is that children born in the year of a certain animal will have the traits connected to that species. Snakes are described as wise and charming in Chinese culture.

The celebration of the new year lasts seven days.

Owner Lien Yu says the restaurant spent yesterday cleaning, a symbolic process of disposing of all of last year’s hardships and starting anew.

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