Kung Hei Fat Choy - Cantonese for Happy New Year.
Welcome the Year of the Dragon . A very auspicious year it would seem … from the International Business Times … The Year of the Dragon is one of the most revered years of the Chinese New Year calendar, and those born under the sign are regarded as innovative, passionate people who are colourful, confident and fearless…. the Dragon is sometimes called a "karmic sign." The Dragon is larger than life and its appearance means that big things are to come. The Year of the Dragon is a flowing river, not a stagnant lake, so things happen quickly earlier in the year. The Dragon marks progression, perseverance and auspiciousness. It may also bring about unpredictable events.
To celebrate the new year we spent a couple of days in
with our family for the launch of the
Chinese New Year Festival. We are sorry we will not be able to enjoy the
legendary parade next weekend, but it clashes with the beginning of the school
year in NSW… not good to have grandchildren celebrating late into the night before
their first day of term. Sydney
What does Chinese New Year mean to our family?
Being together as a family, of course ….
Tradition - Lion dances….
And parades ….
Lots of good luck red….Red packets with money....
New clothes in bright colours …
Chasing away the bad spirits….
And welcoming the new and the good ….
Learning about heritage ….
Reflection and meditation...Just having fun together regardless of the weather....
Thanks to my beautiful family for making this Chinese New Year celebration very special for me and to all my friends and family my best wishes for happiness, peace and love in the Year of the Dragon.