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Chinese New Year 2012 - The Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. In 2012, Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 23rd and the "Dragon" is the animal sign for the year .

The New Year is celebrated with immense joy and hope every year. The beginning of the year is marked with prosperity, love and peace. There are different kinds of celebration at various places. The celebration is marked with Dragon dance, songs, street performances and road shows.

The celebration of the Chinese New Year is always grand. The streets and house of China gets decorated in the most unique way. All the people in the community get involved in different activities to mark the occasion. The first step towards the Chinese New Year Celebration begins with cleaning of their respective houses. Everyone gets new clothes for near and dear ones. Exchange of gifts is a common practice. Most of the people paint the doors and windows of their houses red during New Year. As per Chinese mythology the color red keeps evil away. Few trademark of the Chinese New Year celebration are: 

  • Chinese New Year Greetings card
  • New Year Songs
  • The Dragon Dance
  • Chinese firework
  • Special recipes
  • New Year Lanterns
  • Chinese New Year Plants

 Happiness, wealth and longevity are the hallmark of the Chinese New Year. 

The Chinese mythology believes that the Chinese Dragon is a legendary creature.The Chinese dragon is inspiring for the society and is expected to bring loads of good luck in 2012. The dragon is believed to suppress the wrong doers. Hence, 2012 Chinese New Year will bring a lot of peace and prosperity in the community.

Chinese New Year is a very old celebration, a time for repaying debts, enjoying feasts, giving "red envelopes" of lucky money to friends and relatives, and remembering ancestors.

Wishing You Warmth ,Togetherness,Prosperity and the New Year and Always!


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