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Year End Celebrations - New Year in China

Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Diana and Doris were both unable to attend and talk about the Chinese New Year festivities.
Some interesting facts, nonetheless. It is important to note that 2012 is the year of the Dragon in China.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.

Breathing Fire into the New Year: Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate.
Just for fun, here are the birth years for the Dragon:
02/03/1916-01/22/1917
01/23/1928-02/09/1929
02/09/1940-01/26/1941
01/27/1952-02/13/1953
02/13/1964-02/01/1965
01/31/1976-02/17/1977
02/17/1988-02/05/1989
02/05/2000-01/23/2001
01/23/2012-02/09/2013

The dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. It is the token of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity. In ancient China, a dragon was thought to speed across the sky with divine power. Emperors entitled themselves exclusively as ‘dragon'; their thrones were called ‘dragon thrones’, their clothes ‘dragon gowns’.


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