January 23, 2012

Year of the Water Dragon

Today starts the Chinese New Year, the year of the Water Dragon.
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) ~ Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese)
While vacationing in Las Vegas last week, the first thing I noticed were the decorations being hung in all the casinos in preparation of the Chinese New Year. Everywhere I went firecrackers, lanterns, and dragons were on display. We visited the Bellagio gardens and enjoyed the spectacular and colorful gardens.

 The dragon symbolizes power and good fortune.

 These dragons represent earth and fire.

I-Ching coins decorate the dancing water 
pond that is filled with 200 Koi fish.

Standing on the balcony at the Palazzo (I believe) 
this red and gold dragon decorates the foyer.  

Good Luck Foods to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Dumplings ~ wealth
Noodles ~ longevity
Mandarins, Tangerines, Oranges ~ happiness and good luck
Spring Rolls ~ wealth and good fortune
Fish ~ abundance

Chinese New Year Top 10 Superstitions

No Cleaning ~ cleaning is done the day before to 
                                     sweep away bad luck
No Washing Hair ~ don't want to wash away good luck
No Crying ~ children are not spanked or disciplined on this day
No Sharp Objects ~ don't want to cut off good luck
Red is Good ~ good luck and good fortune

I believe I will order some Chinese food, wear red, not clean my house, refrain from crying, and keep away from sharp objects. It couldn't hurt. Are you planning on celebrating the Chinese New Year?