the year of the dragon. patty made some lanterns for the dining room and michelle prepared a chinese take-away feast for supper, complete with fortune cookies for every resident. took loads of photos but they haven't come out unfortunately...
"Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, when Chinese communities around the world celebrate with extravagant festivities, vibrant parades and an influx in consumer spending. But forecasters and health officials are anticipating a different boost: a new wave of births. The dragon, considered the most auspicious Zodiac sign in Chinese culture, is often associated with good fortune and intelligence and is believed to be the sign of those destined for success."
The Dragon personality The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast - the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.
Years of the Dragon
Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Dragon Year actually begins 1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000