The year of the dragon

Today is Monday, 23rd January 2012 and that means only one thing. Happy Chinese new year everyone!

Did you know? Chinese new year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calender and marks the start of the year 4710.

This year it’s the year of the Dragon, the water Dragon to be more specific, which only occurs once every sixty years. The water Dragon that is. The dragon it’s self is every twelve just like the other creatures in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese new year runs for a total of two weeks with celebrations running throughout this time.

For many it’s a new start and a time to look back at the past year, to be grateful for what they have and what is to come. It’s also a time of good luck and fortune with people wishing eachother the best. It brings people together all across the world and is a joy to be a part of. How do you all spend Chinese new year? Do you take part in it? Let us know in the comments.

Look forward to more Chinese new year related posts over the next two weeks.

So from everyone here at Yatta, Happy Chinese New year, Gong Xi Fa Cai [Mandarin] and Gong Hey Fat Choy [Cantonese].

Words: Nikholai Koolonavich
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