Monday, January 23, 2012

Year of the Dragon

January 23rd {today} is Chinese New Year's, the year of the Dragon. The celebration lasts for 15 days and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese traditions. Each year is represented by one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year the Dragon will be honoured.


Dragon and lion dances at the festivals marking the New Year are loud and lively. The noise from the beat of the drums and cymbals, combined with the frightening masks is believed to expel evil spirits.

On the fifteenth day the red lanterns are widely used to complete the celebrations. According to Chinese astrology those born under the zodiac sign of the Dragon are strong, self-assured, eccentric, intellectual and passionate...... often conceited, hot-headed and quick tempered.
Year of the Dragon babies would be born in : 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012.

Gong Xi Fa Ca !        'Wishing You Well'  {Mandarin}

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