Monday, January 23, 2012

The Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year
Our Children joined in the fun of celebrating
the Chinese Spring Festival - Chinese Lunar New Year
Dancing Dragons came out to greet them in the audience

The Chinese Lunar New Year really has nothing to do with the calendar but has
 to do with when the first moon of the new calendar year is expected to
appear in the heavens. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious
ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household
and the family ancestors. Today, the family ancestors are still honored but it has
become a time for celebrating family and friends and watching hundreds of thousandsof fireworks explode in the sky at night.
This year is the Year of the Dragon, a very auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac. It is the fifth animal of the zodiac and the most powerful, bringing harmony, virtue, riches fulfillment and longevity. Dragon years are considered particularly auspiciousfor new businesses, marriage and children.
If you know someone born in 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012, you know a dragon! The dragon is a magical and mythical creature in Chinese culture,a divine beast that delivers good fortune. People born under this sign in China are respected and honored.
They are seen as free spirits, confident, generous and dramatic.