Chinese New Year Celebration

22 Jan

Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. This fourteen day celebration begins this evening, as the Chinese calendar is a lunar one, and will end on February 6th with the Lantern Festival. This year marks the 4710th Chinese New Year, and this time it is the year of the dragon  according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.

The dragon is the 5th sign of the Chinese zodiac and it is regarded as an auspicious symbol which stands for power, good luck,  success, and happiness. Dragon years are lucky for anyone thinking of starting a business or initiating a new project of any sort because money is easier to come by for everyone, whether it’s earned, borrowed or received as a gift. Consequently we can expect the economic downturn to ease up a bit in the coming year. Fortunes can be made but they can also be lost. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate.

From a Feng Shui standpoint 2012, the year of the Yang Water Dragon, brings many possibilities for good fortune. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Most people know that water covers 2/3 of our planet & comprises 95% of our bodies; we simply cannot live without it. In Chinese element theory, water produces wood, which signifies growth and is the natural element of the dragon. The dragon governs east/southeast, wealth accumulation. Associated with thunder, lightning and arousal, the Water Dragon personifies creativity at its best.

In order to honor the Chinese New Year, I’d like to share some of my Chinese-inspired dishes. As a disclaimer, these may not be 100% authentic and are my creations and interpretations using some traditional ingredients. Some of these recipes include Beef, Broccoli, and Bella Stir-Fry and Asian-Spiced Chicken & More. Stay tuned for more and enjoy the celebration!

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