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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.