Gong Hey Fat Choy (Happy Chinese New Year in Cantonese)
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)
2017 Is the year of the Fire Rooster!
Happy Chinese New Year!!! This is the year of the Rooster. Not only is it the year of the Rooster, but specifically a Fire Rooster. In Chinese astrology each of the 12 animals has an element associated with it too such as Gold/Metal, Wood, Water, Fire or Earth. The element-sign combos occur every 60 years. Donny Osmond and Martin Luther King III are all Fire Roosters. They are said to possess the characteristics of trustworthiness, strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work and are good money managers. Me, I’m a Wood Dragon-Introverted, taciturn, very talented but not fond of the limelight.
According to TravelChinaGuide.com This is the said Characteristics of the Five Elements
Wood – Benevolence
The wood pronounces the fate, nobleness, representing extractive, luxuriant, brilliant, blooming, flourishing etc.
Fire – Propriety
The fire pronounces the feature, strength or softness, representing power, influence, bravery and intense.
Metal – Righteousness
The metal pronounces the life span, longevity or abortion, foretelling any penalties, dangers, difficulties and dead end.
Water – Wisdom
The water pronounces the talent, sage or fool, representing aptitude, brightness, agile mind and accuracy,
Earth – Fidelity/Honesty
The earth pronounces the status, rich or poor, representing the birth and growth of everything
I visited the Chinese Community Center on Saturday, January 28, 2016 for their free Lunar New Year celebration. They did a stellar job and did I say it was FREE?! Plenty to see, tons of food and gift vendors, children’s activities, traditional dances – just a fun day out! Thanks to all those who make the special day possible! The Lion Dance is my favorite!
This is the story of the Lion Dance according to asiaobscura.com: “When the lion first appeared on earth, you see, he was a real troublemaker. He got up to all sorts of nonsense. So a buddha was sent down to sort things out. Dressed in the robes of a monk, with a fan in one hand and a gourd of whiskey in the other, he called out to the lion, “Hey you, Lion, stop this nonsense!” The lion didn’t pay heed, of course, so they took to the streets and they battled. While the lion, on the one hand, desperately wanted the bottle of whiskey, he was also terrified of the Buddha’s fan. So they fought, and they fought, and after many rounds still neither could best the other. But the Buddha had a trick up his sleeve, and he whipped the long red sash from around his waist. He threw it around the desperate lion, reined in the vile beast and dragged it to the nearest temple. There, the two of them silently knelt and prayed together, and the lion found peace in his heart.”
There were amazing dancers performing there too…here are a few of my favorites: