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Happy Chinese New Year !

January 31, 2012

Happy New Year, 2012 is the Chinese Year of the Dragon !  Happy 400th Blog post to Fishinkblog too !

In ancient times the dragon was a symbol reserved for the Chinese emperor, and it is considered to be an extremely auspicious sign.  The new year, which traditionally lasts for 15 days, is the longest and most important of the Chinese holidays.  Much like New Year in Western cultures, the festival begins on the first day of the first month within the Chinese calendar. It ends on the date of the full moon.  This year it started on the 23rd Jan and runs until February 6.

Despite often being known as ‘Chinese’ New Year, the annual celebration is recognised by other Asian populations worldwide, within countries such as Thailand and Singapore.  Different years are represented by different zodiac animal signs – today marks the start of the Year Of The Dragon.  Perhaps the most recognised image within Chinese culture, the dragon symbolises power, strength and good luck. In contrast to European beliefs, where dragons are considered evil creatures, they are seen as having auspicious power and it is seen as positive.

Often regarded as one of the most important signs in the zodiac, Chinese tradition dictates that those born in Dragon years tend to be brave, innovative and highly driven, regularly making it to the top of their profession.  Famous people born in Dragon years include former U.S. president Bill Clinton, actress Reese Witherspoon and artist Salvador Dali. According to online site The Freshness Mag even Nike are getting in on the act with the timed release of their dragon inspired wear !

Text and images from the Mail here.  Dragon drawing is © FISHINK.

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