Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the Chinese New Year, China's biggest holiday.  This is an especially exciting year because it is the year of the DRAGON!

Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

Chinese Zodiac paper cuts framed in my guest room.
Hospitals across Asia are bracing for the baby boom that comes every 12 years.  Hospitals are booked and nannies hike up their rates.  Women are known to even freeze their eggs to attempt to conceive in the Year of the Dragon.

Of the twelve zodiac animals, the dragon is the only one that is a mythical character.  It is a symbol of royalty and, of all the zodiac animals, it is the mightiest...thought to be a bringer of wealth, wisdom, courage and power.

In the Chinese culture, it is a great honor to have a baby in the Year of the Dragon...which I'm excited about since these two will have a baby brother or sister in August!!!

Jay and Betsy this morning eating with chopsticks at Jay's Chinese New Year celebration.


Brantley said...

I'm very excited about all the baby dragons!!

alecia said...

yay! so excited for you! you are such a great mom. i find out in a week if i'm having a girl dragon or a boy dragon.

alecia said...

Still thinking about you and so excited about the new one!