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Happy 2012 Chinese New Year

January 18th, 2012 · 19 Comments


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Chinese New Year officially begins January 23, 2012. This year will be the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of power and wealth. Dating back before the Gregorian calendar, which is what most modern cultures follow, the Chinese calendar follows the lunar cycle. This is why the Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year.

To celebrate the New Year, Chinese cultures decorate the streets in red and yellow. Red symbolizes fire, thought to drive away bad luck. This is also why firework displays rule the New Year celebration. Ancient custom depicted people in China lighting bamboo sticks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten the evil spirits.

Following in line with the Chinese New Year is the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the first lunar month. The festivities include a parade and decorative lanterns, but the highlight of the celebration is the dragon dance. The dragon dance features a long, paper and bamboo dragon, sometimes up to 100 feet long, carried by men who dance the piece down the street.

The Chinese zodiac symbol of the dragon means a year of ambition, where we may face challenges but will overcome them to achieve success. You can celebrate with some of our dragon jewelry components to create fun elements in style. Make a Chinese lantern by following the free instructions for our Emperor’s Landing Learning Center idea, too!

We want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

Information Source: Infoplease.com.

-Marissa

Tags: Beader's Resource · Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Just For Fun!

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AlsoMrsB // Jan 19, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Yes! Happy New Year of the Dragon, Artbeads!! Let’s play with fire and dance with dragons together!!

  • 2 Charlene Kenney // Jan 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I love Chinese New Year! I used to celebrate every year with my best friend. Unfortunately, we’re separated now by 1,000 miles!

  • 3 Christine Breed // Jan 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    My nephew lives for dragons! I’d love to give this to him for his birthday. This year I plan to learn new weaving techniques while continuing to make other jewelry.

  • 4 Mary Doucette // Jan 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This is a magnificent dragon. He would certainly bring success to anyone who receives him. This year I want to do more metal work, wire wrapping, wire crochet, Kumihimo with beads, and anything that inspires me to learn more.

  • 5 Sarah Cook // Jan 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I am a New Year’s baby myself and the dragon would bring some lucky winner great luck. Maybe even me. This year I would like to learn how to make lampwork beads. I think they are beautiful.

  • 6 Marissa // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi All! Make sure to enter the Year of the Dragon Giveaway to be entered to win an aweseome dragon prize! Click on this link to read the full details: http://blog.artbeads.com/2012/01/the-year-of-the-dragon-giveaway/

  • 7 Deb // Jan 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    the year of the dragon and the year of the art bead they have everthing a bead head could want start your adventure with artbead you’ll never need to go any where else

  • 8 Candy // Jan 22, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Artbeads 2012 Year of Dragon give-away has inspired me get down to work on an oriental dragon necklace I have been collecting pieces for the past 2 years! Thanks.

  • 9 Bonnie W. // Jan 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Hi! Year of the Dragon…a lot of people I love can use some good luck this year! Last year was a stinker! My MS has added severe nerve damage to my hands, but if I get my hands on this lucky Dragon, I’ll make a necklace for my eldest grandson who’ll be 14 in March. This year I hope to actually be able to start & finish a couple of projects, modifying ideas to be more accessible! ♥ Bonnie!

  • 10 fkline14 // Jan 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

    This year I am looking forward to trying my hand a designing and welding my own bead components. the jouney so far has been amazing and now I am looking to travel a path to new beading!

  • 11 Kim Mueller // Jan 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Would like to try some other beading methods this year. Want to step-it-up with the diffulculty level!

  • 12 Carolin // Jan 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    The husbands of some of my customers have asked me if I make ‘man jewellery’…the dragon slider necklace would be perfect!

  • 13 Carol // Jan 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I enjoy the chinese culture and celebrating with my Asian friends. My hubby will be getting a great honour bestowed on him in a couple of months and this would be a wonderful gift for him. Artbeads has always been innovative in their products and designs – pleased to see this continue.

  • 14 Margaret Gamez // Jan 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Wish I could participate in the give-away, but it is apparently open to only those who have given their lives away to their phones. I do not have Twitter, nor do I have the Internet on my phone.

  • 15 Marissa // Jan 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Margaret!

    You can enter the giveaway by using your computer as well! All you need is an e-mail address to leave a comment. Be sure to leave your comment on the Giveaway blog post and not this one :)

  • 16 Jane Soberg // Jan 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The Year of the Dragon is a sure winning year for me, good luck everybody.

  • 17 Stephanie SKL // Jan 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Happy New Year of the Dragon! Happy beading :) Dragons are a great way to show creativity.

  • 18 gail m // Jan 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    The more I explore Artbeads,the more I want to try expanding with new bead designs.My daughters love the jewelry I have made for them and I love the looks on their faces as they choose a handful of bracelets from the “finished”tray.

  • 19 Happy Year of the Snake! // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    [...] New Year! You can learn more about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in our previous blog post here. 2013 is the Year of the Snake, predicted to bring steady progress and attention to detail. In [...]

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