Thursday, January 26, 2012

Year of the Dragon 2012

Hey everyone! How is everything going? This week has been an important one for the other side of the world. I'm talking about the Chinese New Year celebration. Since I'm in New York and this is such a melting pot of cultures, I've been able to see several things this week that have to do with this celebration.

I have always had curiosity for other cultures and ways of living, but I must say China is one of the top places I want to go and explore. The New Year celebration is just one of the things that amazes me. I'm sure you have heard that for the Chinese, this is going to be the year of the "dragon" right? I've always found it cool how every year has an animal, but have you ever wondered why that is and what it really means?

Every year is dedicated to one of the 12 animals in the Chinese calendar:
  • 2008 Rat
  • 2009 Ox
  • 2010 Tiger
  • 2011 Hare (rabbit)
  • 2012 Dragon
  • 2013 Snake
  • 2014 Horse
  • 2015 Ram (sheep, goat)
  • 2016 Monkey
  • 2017 Rooster
  • 2018 Dog
  • 2019 Pig (Boar) 

We just ended the year of the Rabbit, and started the year of the Dragon. The same way the zodiac signs that are associated to months (for example Aries to March-April), the Chinese zodiac has those 12 animals associated to years instead of months. That way, people are believed to share certain personality traits with the animal of the year they were born.

I'm not really sure of how much I believe about that, but I find it very curious. I have found a few adjectives that describe the sign of the Dragon:
"A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat." You can check the rest here:
As I said, there were many places in New York where they celebrated the beginning of the Chinese year on Monday. One of them was, of course, Berkeley College! I was so upset to miss it, because I would have liked to be there too, but I had work and classes during the whole day. However, here you can see the pictures they uploaded from that event. The food looks delicious!

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!

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