Happy Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year, it is a 15-day festival to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate negative energy from the past. It is the most important festival celebrated in Asia, and this year started on January 23rd.
The first day of the festival is reserved for family celebration, and the last day is highlighted by the Dragon Dance and the Lantern Festival. Similar to St. Valentine’s Day, this day is special because it celebrates the love between couples.
In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal that represents the Chinese zodiac – the Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram. Each animal is thought to give its unique characteristics to the people born in its year. 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, the only mystical creature among the 12 Chinese zodiacs. The Year of the Dragon occurs every 60 years.
People born in the following years are Dragons: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012. Dragons symbolize power, luck, intensity and vitality, and people born in the Year of the Dragon are risk takers, hard working, driven, independent, unafraid of challenges, leaders, and passionate in all they do.
Join Bright House Networks as we celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2012 on February 5th, 2012 from 11 am to 3:00 pm in Downtown Orlando. Admission is Free. More information is available here.
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