Kung Hee Fat Choy! Year of the Snake

January 31st, 2013
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Kung Hee Fat Choy 2013! Welcome the Year of the Snake


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I can never figure out when The Chinese New Year celebration occurs and just read that it starts with the "New Moon on the first day of celebration and ends on the full moon 15 days later". On the 15th day the Lantern Festival is held at night, a beautiful tradition. The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle)... Have I lost you? This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. So this is why the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year, as per the solar calendar.

Celebration is held to honor Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and family ancestors. Departed relatives are remembered with reverence. They lay the foundation for good fortune for the family. Parades throughout the world are held this week in a celebration many thousands of years old.  Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2013 to the "chinese year" 4,711.  Or some say 4,709 or could be 4,650, but who's counting? No one I know who's over 50... In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family... little red envelopes full of money, the sweet cakes and sugared fruits, all part of the celebration of the lunar new year.

My favorite is the dragon and lion dancing. In ancient China villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea (it also lives high in the mountains so beware).  The Nian looked for adults, children and dogs. It was sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red. Drums, plates, and bowls were turned into noise makers. Firecrackers were tossed, babies dressed in bright red, and red banners and flags were flown throughout the village-- all of this to scare away the big bad Nian. So get ready to welcome 2013 Year of the Snake! This year is good for Dragon sign and even if this is not a year that is maximum good luck in your chart, you know the Chinese, there are always talismans and feng shui you can implement to neutralize bad luck coming your way or to increase your favor with the Heavens. Life is Good
For those of you who are not so superstitious

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