Monday, January 23, 2012

新年快乐年 - Happy New Year!

At midnight, January 23, 2012, Chinese people around the world will welcome the new year, ushering in the Year of the Dragon. The year of the dragon carries great optimism and promise for positive change. It's the most powerful of the 12 signs of the zodiac. This year is very special, because it is the year of the water dragon, something that happens once every 60 years.

The Chinese New Year is symbolized by a new animal zodiac, determined by a 12-year cycle; beginning with the Rat and continuing through the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and finally the Pig. The date varies from year to year, ranging from the end of January through the middle of February. ( This year Jan 23- Feb 6)

Chinese holiday traditions include forgiving past conflicts, hosting elaborate feasts, setting off fireworks and giving children money in red envelopes. The celebrations last 15 days, on the final day a lantern festival takes place in which red lanterns are hung outside houses.

There are many Chinese New Year dishes that are said to bring good fortune. There's none more special than, the Orange. Traditional they're served at the end of a meal; there said to bring good luck and wealth. This Chinese New Year were giving a special shout-out to our favorite fruit: The Orange ^^ Good Luck + Vitamin C= Good Stuff!

source: China Highlights

photo: Chinese New Year Cards

[TY to my adorable cousin for writing Happy New Year in Mandarin ^^]

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